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Submitted by Lenn (Canada), Oct 29, 2002 at 14:15

Indeed, I agree. Western media liberal hubris refuses to countenance the idea that Islam pervades its society so differently from the way our Judeo-Christian-liberalism pervades ours. They seemingly ignore, as unimportant, that Islam is still locked in an early stage of tolerance-sophistication which allows it to command an intensity of adherence within its societies almost totally absent in the West, and that this is, in itself, to our danger.

As an example, in the post Sept 11period, the one and only seemingly liberal Islamic voice I came across was an apparently distinguished Iranian writer who, on the one hand, condemned Sept 11 as a denial of true Islam, but went on to remind Muslim expatriates in the West that their [duty] is "peaceful conversion" of their host countries.
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