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The Myth of Moderate Muslim

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Submitted by Arlinda DeAngelis (United States), Dec 29, 2004 at 21:51

It all began for us one bright sunny morning when Islamic religious fanatics attacked the most prominent and populated cities in the United States killling three thousand people in a matter of a few hours.

Immediately following the horror, every Islamic organization inserted itself onto our airwaves proclaiming, in unison, "Islam is the religion of peace." "We condemn terrorism BUT America must examine its foreign policy." Then there were the cries of "We are being profiled and our civil rights are being abridged. We are targets of prejudice!" CAIR was everywhere from CNN to Fox News and every network evening news broadcast had a spokesman from CAIR. Over and over again we heard, "Islam is the religion of peace."

That the religion of peace preached and schooled its students in the madrassas both here in the United States and abroad to hate Americans and Jews, that the religion of peace used many of its charities to fund terrorism, that the religion of peace saw fit to enslave and debase half of its population, that the religion of peace saw fit to use its children as weapons of mass destruction notwithstanding.

Without sounding overly prejudiced, or hateful or even suspicious of the motives of a religion in which clerics call for its adherents to join the Jihad and its legitimate lobbying agencies to expound on the "religion of peace" franchise and as a eye witness to September 11th, I would not believe an Islamic cleric, CAIR, or any of their religous adherents if their tongues came certified and stamped with the peace symbol.

Perhaps when they stop using their children as suicide/homicide bombers, or when they liberate Arabic women from their stultifying disgraceful enslavement, or when their clerics formally and officially condemn any and all Jihad and/or they formally and officially recognize the existence of Israel I might begin to find Islam a credible belief system worthy of my tolerance.

But I've seen nothing that even remotely indicates that fundamentalist Islam and its organizations, and clerics and adherents are coming to terms with the modern world. The belief system is a burden and, if anyone here or abroad thinks that for even one nano second I would trust any of their organizations, even their reinvented ones, they'd better think again.

They defined themselves on September 11th as no other peoples before them except, perhaps, the Third Reich...

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