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Moderate Islam

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Submitted by Greg (United States), Jul 30, 2011 at 23:18

I am all for differentiated approach to Islam. Thinking of moderate Islam I can come up with two possible interpretations of the term (I don't remember anyone spelling it out so far).

First. There are different branches of Islam. Some of them especially some within generally Shia umbrella are quite peaceful. Unfortunately the most popular divisions, the main Sunni and Shia are not.

Second. We can talk of a degree of adherence, considering less devoted Muslim to be moderate.
But most importantly, regardless how we define moderate Islam, what action can we take in order to replace the more violent with the more moderate one. This is usually a slow and sometimes painful process of evolution.
The only advantage of an appeal to moderate Islam is that this is the only politically correct way to react to situation that has no solution within the dominant ethical paradigm, often referred to as multiculturalism. The real solution would be physically isolate themselves from Muslim counties. Stop immigration and stop, militarily if needed, any attempt to develop WMD.

Parallel to that we can do whatever we think will promote moderate islam. But hope for moderate Islam alone is daydreaming. The demographic situation in Europe is quite clear to be daydreaming.

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