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From the Heart of an American Youth

Reader comment on item: [Finding Moderate Muslims:] Do you believe in modernity?
in response to reader comment: Are all Muslims extremists?

Submitted by Courtney Wagner (United States), Nov 18, 2009 at 19:38

I am a 16 year old girl, and I find what you have written to be ignortent and barbaric. I am curretnly working on a research paper on religions, in cluding the Islamic religion. From several diffeeent sources, including websites, journal articals, and books, I have gathered information that proves that you truly have no idea what you are talking about. The Muslum people share many of the same beliefs of the Jewish and Christian people. The worship the same God but simply call him by the name al-Llah. As for you saying that the Quran calls for 'murder, torture, rape, plunder…' is simply nonsense. Just as it is unholy to do these things in Christianity, it is unholy to do so in the Quran. There are a few extremist that choose to take their love of al-Llah to levels that break their own faith. You are taking a small extremist subculture of the Islamic faith and holding the whole group accountable.

There is a catholic group call the radical traditional Catholics that blame the Jewish people for 9/11, wanting wreck the schools of America and that for approximately 300 years Jewish Masons and Jewish lead Masons have worked towards deforming and taking over the Catholic Church. They are only a small group who call themselves Catholics, when in reality have very little to do with the Roman Catholic Church, that are making people believe that the Catholic people hate those who are Jewish. Which, is simply not true.

Furthermore, your statement, 'Only one who has given up Islam and embraced any pacifist religion, or has discarded religious belief altogether and has become a rationalist/atheist (without changing his/her name) can be looked upon as a Muslim who is not an Islamic extremist,' proves your ignorance. A Muslim is a person who follows the religion known as Islam. If they were to give up their religious beliefs, they would no longer be able to be called a Muslim. A person of Arab birth is not called a Muslim.

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