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Diversity is the name of the game

Reader comment on item: Once considered anti-Islam, senior scholar says he's now in the middle

Submitted by Mike Franklin (United States), Jan 23, 2013 at 14:56

In re to those more aggressive anti-Islamic bloggers and their... say, provincial approach to the subject...

One thing that I feel consistently moved to defend is when the voice of the average 'Joe' comes under question due to lack of experience in any of a number of areas... including, but not limited to, writing and history.

Considering our current state as a nation (US) and the current state of government (US) and the current state of affairs in the middle east, there can be no hedge-hopping on why certain people write what they do. There is indeed a great deal of fear and even out-right anger that runs in both directions.

Our elected leaders offer very little leadership, seeming to prefer to allow a natural course to play itself out in that region without regard to the potential outcome. This is not to say that the US or any other nation should wade into this arena with guns blazing but, to do as little as is currently being done is, at best, asking for no better.

And besides all that, I far prefer that the people, those average 'Joes' (and Janes) have a place to speak. The internet is not a public common. In fact, 99.8 percent of the web is private property. so, getting one's opinion into cyber ink is often quite difficult in these days when commenting on main scream media message boards is being constantly reduced.

My vote is to let the people have their say. It certainly is no worse than what some of our so-called elected representation does on their dime, lol.

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