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What happens when moderate Muslims have children?

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Submitted by CitizenWarrior.com (United States), Oct 29, 2007 at 23:08

I agree with much you say in this speech, Mr. Pipes, but the thing that worries me is that by "supporting" moderate Muslims, we still leave them doing what they're doing: That is, expressing their certainty that the Qur'an is the absolute word of Allah. And when the moderates raise their children, and those children become teenagers, they will be ripe for recruiting into radical groups. Why? Because they will, as any teenager is so adept at, see through their parents' hypocrisy -- that is, they will see that their parents "say" they are Muslims, but when the teen looks in the Qur'an and sees very clear and direct commands from the Almighty to wage continual jihad against infidels.

This is not anti-Muslim propaganda. I've read the Qur'an and it is perfectly clear. It also says, right in the Qur'an, that the teachings cannot be modified or modernized or selectively chosen.

I propose that the best way to approach this thing is to educate infidels. To encourage infidels to learn about Islam, to read the Qur'an, and then to instigate foreign and domestic policy with a clear understanding of that political doctrine (the Qur'an).

I also think the reason we have not heard much from the moderate Muslims is because they don't really have a leg to stand on. They say they are Muslims, but to be moderate they have to ignore much of the most basic Islamic teachings.

It's a tough situation. But educating our fellows seems to be the best course of action in the long run. We can start here: Islam 101.


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