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Reader comment on item: Walid Shoebat: "Palestinian turns from radical Muslim to true Zionist"
in response to reader comment: I don't want to sound stupid......BUT----I met Mr. Shoebat today..

Submitted by jhubers (United States), Feb 19, 2007 at 09:05

Dear Kristen,

You sound like a person with a good heart - and a solid Christian faith. Praise God for that. What grieves me is that you were taken in by Mr. Shoebat's deceptions saying that he "loves" all people with one side of his mouth while promoting hatred and lies out of the other side of his mouth. Its not so much that what he says doesn't have an element of truth behind it.

There are, in fact, Muslims who promote the very kind of hatred and violence he decries. The problem is that he deals in stereotypes and slander - giving his listeners the sense that all Muslims are like the few. He also says nothing about the reasons behind the rage which has built up over the years within the Arab/Muslim community related to the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and construction of an apartheid-like system of repression on the the small piece of land they still have left. This doesn't justify the violence, of course, but it not mentioning it leaves the impression (as Shoebat wished the impression to be left) that Muslims are simply evil people - a message which in the twisted minds of those who are already prone to hatred and violence (among whom there are many in our society) can lead to acts of vengence against the people being stereotyped.

Please do some more reading and study - and take the time to get to know your Muslim neighbors as friends. I think the more you do this the more you'll realize that Mr. Shoebat's message is little more than hate wrapped in a false Christian package.

J Hubers

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