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Paradigmatic blindness

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in response to reader comment: Mr. Pipes: Obama is now using Hadith of the Prophet Muhammed? see CAIR's statement below released today

Submitted by jac maclean (United Kingdom), May 6, 2009 at 13:51

When the prophet Mohammad used the term 'brother' this was understood at the time - and still is by virtue of his added sanctifying authorty - to refer only to fellow Muslims. Non Muslims all to readlly assume that it is used in the same way as they do themselves. So it may be that when Obama said 'brother' this was taken as a term of exclusive fraternity, and not as an inclusive eucumenical embrace.

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