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Submitted by Canadian Chris (Canada), Sep 28, 2006 at 02:47

You have a good point and it is a creative approach, but unfortunately all this process would do is give a greater voice to the religious leaders who preach violence. Antagonism and Persecution will only strengthen the message they preach.

There are numerous examples of Prisoners of religious/political movements that trigger violent and unreasonable responses in efforts to free them or avenge them. Extremist Islam is a force that is given a stronger voice as attempts are made to silence those voices. The only successful resistance to this complex and slippery issue is to maintain the philosphical high ground, and to shame these extremists into silence, make them a force that is ridiculed from within the ranks of enlightened Islam. (Islam, like many other religions is rift with schism that creates enemies within the varying sects, but in our current global scenario, it is extremist Islam that seems to be driven to find excuses to kill and die, and avoid evolving) .

The mindset of an extremist is focused on creating an enemy and I may be alone in my belief that what a person focuses on, they bring into reality in one form or another. The western lifestyle is the enemy of these extremists and whether it is deserved or not, it is a battle being brought to the doorstep of generally reasonable people.

Now we will have to wait and see if the moderates will begin to see the West as the enemy and join ranks with the extremists or if the moderates will attempt to evolve this unpredictable force of a religion on fire. Free thinkers will not be forced to respect a religion. even in total domination there would be elements of resistance to mind control, so the only reasonable approach is to become worthy of respect and stand above the jeers and disrespect of the non-appreciative.

Peace

Chris

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