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I found a few moderate muslims

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Submitted by ElektrikEel (United States), Sep 11, 2010 at 20:54

Google "muslims against islamism" in quotes. You get only ten results, none of them representing fledgling organizations. However, several are worth reading and offer some hope, and among them this one link stood out as especially interesting: http://ztruth.typepad.com/ztruth/muslims-against-islamism/ Within the letter quoted on this link was a reference to this organization: American Islamic Forum for Democracy: http://www.aifdemocracy.org/

So, moderate muslims are indeed scarce, but there are apparently at least a few. Moderate Islam does exist in a small way but appears to represent a modified form of that faith, not the mainstream which bears the seeds of jihadism regardless of the apparent nonviolence of many of its adherents. Nonetheless, based on quotes from the Koran that I have seen (sorry, no references) that obligate muslims to forcibly convert others or kill them, I have the sense that the moderate muslims, few as they are, are disregarding parts of the Koran while keeping the parts they like in order to pursue something more palatable that they still call Islam. I don't fault them for this by any stretch, but I give them very low odds of success as would-be reformers of Islam, chiefly because I doubt seriously that they will do what desperately needs to be done - reform the Koran itself.

That being said, I applaud the founders of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, and urge them to go the distance by reforming their religion's central document - the Koran - accordingly as they embrace freedom of religion for all people.

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