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Hate and terror as a religious principle

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Submitted by A.J. Redlhammer (United States), Dec 9, 2002 at 12:15

I am having a problem understanding the position of Muslims that , on the one hand support a religion that seems to support a view that Islamic nations have a right to forbid the practice of other religions and maintains that a closed mind is something to which one should aspire. On the other hand, the killing of innocents and the terrorizing of populations in the name of Allah seems to be increasingly more acceptable to "middle of the road" muslims.

I feel that the problems between the Palestinians and Israelis has become the focal point for the anger that seems to be bursting beyond the bounds of that conflict to infect and affect the emotions of muslims world wide.

The muslim religion seems to pride itself on supporting and maintaining a mindset suitable for the world a millenium ago. This blind adherence to principles interpreted by militant religious leaders will tend to shift Islam from a religion of peace to one of terror, prejudice, and hate.

It is up to the more moderate muslims to affect th future of Islam in a positive manner for, if left to the present elements, a clash of civilizations could occur. Islam, presently living in the seventh century would have a very real problem dealing with the modern western world.
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