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Can moderate Islam exist?

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Submitted by John B (Spain), Sep 9, 2010 at 03:56

I have had tremendous respect for Muslims and Muslim societies in the past and have greatly admired their sincerity of belief compared to the unrealistic divorce between faith and action in most of the Judeo/Christian West. And I have felt very "at home" with aspects of Islamic culture when in North Africa. However it has been brought to my attention, partially through articles from your organisation, I think, that Islam is indeed the problem. The Koran teaches that the infidel is to be either converted, subjugated (dhimmitude), or killed.

Further, as also pointed out from time to time by writers on the subject, I have indeed not heard any serious condemnation of extremism and terrorism from the Islamic community. Which is it, in your opinion? Is moderate Islam (if such can exist, in truth) the answer or part of the problem? I would like to read some clarity on this matter from you.

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Moderate Islam, when you think about it, is the only feasible solution. Weak as it is, it is our only hope. I wish Westerners will help build its strength.

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