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Submitted by michael (United States), Apr 17, 2008 at 18:16

The reason I refer to the Fundamentalist Church of LDS as being Christian is that (a) they consider themselves Christian and (b) they pray to Jesus. In my book, that makes them Christians. I do understand there are many narrow minded people who do not think of them as being fellow Christians. In fact there are those who do not consider Catholics to be Christians.

Then you say "seems to me Mikie the word Fundamentalist is your code word which you bring out when you wish to demean Bush, or Pat Robinson , Jerry Falwell, or any one you do not like."

Several things. Your use of the dimminutive "Mikie" is in itself demeaning. Also I made no reference to Bush, Robinson or Falwell. You should tell us how you've established that logical leap. Also the point of my post was not to demean, but to describe. Fundamentalist religionists are very easy to define. And the definition covers both extreme Islamists and the FCLDS. Then you say "Why haven't I heard you claim Christians Hate Black people and Jews and would like to see them dead?" Why no, you haven't.

This is my first post here in a number of years. I would remind you that "michael" is one of the more common names in the English language. Finally, you appear to feel a fundamental truth is that ALL Muslims, by definition, hold unclean beliefs about women and do abominable things to them. One could only hope you were able to meet more Muslims personally.

The majority one meets in cities like NYC, Washington, LA or Tehran are urban and cosmopolitan. They dress nicely, have good manners, don't pray to the Devil and treat one another with respect. They also love their families and accord respect to total strangers, until the person proves themselves unworthy of high regard . They are, in a word, human like the rest of us.

There are a minority in any race or any faith who live sordid lives. Usually they are found in primitive backwaters, or poor blighted urban neighborhoods. I have never visited any country that was free of a certain number of disgusting people. Nor any country where the majority weren't really decent, courteous and pleasant people. Your best bet would be to do what people around the world do. Open yourself to any stranger you meet with a clean heart. Then, if they ever prove themselves to be ugly people, don't associate with them any longer than you have to. Don't just loath someone on principle because they are of a different faith. That kind of thinking has a bad history.

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