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Submitted by Brad (United States), Sep 20, 2006 at 11:23

Muslim leaders worldwide have set a double standard. Muslim's can criticize, even call for violence (and act it out) against Christians, cartoonists, presidents, the Pope, and on and on... but the minute a prominent figure from the West quotes something said hundreds of years ago they march in the streets, bomb churches, shoot nuns, and demand an apology.

Can one imagine what would happen if a prominent Christian leader called for the assassinations of Muslim leaders? There would be a Mid-east uproar of violence for one of us doing what they do daily. Better yet, can one imagine the effects of the pope leading a march where tens of thousands of Catholics chanted, "Death to Islam, Death to Iran, Death to Ayatollah so and so..." then picture them burning the flags of Islamic nations and making stuffed dolls in the likeness of Muhammad and burning them.

Of course, this wouldn't be a fair comparison if they didn't grab the leader of some local Mosque, who has never done anything wrong, and beat and/or kill him and burn his body. Maybe hang it from a bridge. I suppose it would be easier to shoot him in the back (like they did the nun). When the march is over, the President of Italy would stand up and say something to the effect of, "It's free speech, the Muslims deserve it for what they've done. Iran should be wiped off the map. Anyone who insults the Pope should be subject to capital punishment. We can be friendly nations when you realize the greatness of the west and bow down before our greatness."

That would be the start of the clash of civilizations, and world war III. All for some white guys doing what happens on a weekly basis in some Arab country. Drop the double standard. To heckl with the "moral equivalency" bs. This is war. Who cares if some terrorist leader is water boarded and thinks he's drowning for a minute. Muslim extremists take tens if not hundreds of lives each day! There is no moral equivalency! We want to help, we want to encourage growth and democracy. They want to destroy, to remove rights and to kill. There is no better example of right and wrong or good guys and bad guys.

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