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The duty of Moderate Muslims

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Submitted by LAR (United States), Oct 25, 2002 at 17:31

I believe that in the mind of the average media-watching American, the line between a moderate Muslim and a Jihadist is not clear. This is in part caused by the fact than many Arab/Muslim countries denounce the violence in an "official" voice only to support it in covert ways.

Moderate Muslims who believe in America and American values - including capitalism -- need to have a clear voice. They need to denounce the killing and violence without any qualifications or added commentary regarding the lifestyle or religion of people that have become the targets of the violence.

Most of the immigrants who found their way to these shores have found a way to blend into this culture while retaining their identity. It seems unlikely that Jihadists will blend. It seems likely that they will cause others who share the Muslim faith to be branded with the ugly reputation that violence, hate and intolerance breeds.
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