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Islamist vs. Muslim

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in response to reader comment: "Muslims ready to fit into the West are welcome"

Submitted by Maggie4Life (Australia), Oct 5, 2006 at 01:55

The true Muslim, that is the one who desires to live in peace, is the one who is welcome in our community. He or she is a person who respects the Christian and Jewish neighbour and does not demand that they convert to Islam. He or she does not seek to impose Sharia law, instead he or she is one who has thrown off the medieval aspects of Islam.

Yes there are Muslims who do practice the Truth of the Word of God that is written on their hearts. One of my friends has an Iranian Muslim neighbour. My friend is a practising Catholic, and together the families have been building a workable relationship, and respecting each other's religion at the same time. Recently, we had high winds that caused trees to fall down, and my friend had a tree that fell down in the winds. The only neighbours who helped this elderly couple was the Muslim man.

Here in Australia, there are many Muslims who desire to live in peace. Some of them come from regions where their families were forced to convert to Islam. Others have come from war torn countries and they do not want war. They want to live in peace and get on with their lives. However, we also have a vocal minority of Islamists who do not respect Australian values. They are rude, and noisy people. They do not respect the property of others, and so they go around on a rampage, smashing cars, smashing shop windows of businesses, bashing up anyone who is not a "Muslim" and also setting fire to the property of others. These are the iconoclasts who are, in my opinion, people who should be sent packing back to their country of origin.

The Islamists, when they are caught doing that kind of thing, should be deported, and I personally do not care if they claim to have Australian citizenship because if they do not conform to Australian values, including respecting the lives and property of others, then they are not welcome here.

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