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The core of terrorism is 'hatred' and that can only be defeated by 'love'.

Reader comment on item: Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam
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Submitted by Muhammad (Indonesia), Feb 11, 2008 at 21:04

First, I should thank you for straightening up that my intention is only to submit info about situation in Indonesia. And also for the splendid link. Nice work.

The word Madrasah is commonly used here in Indonesia to describe a conventional (not modernized) Schools (elementary, middle to high, mostly located at sub-urban areas) whose curriculum weighs more in Islamic teachings. Later, they are more modernized and secularized. I believe all of these schools are private and ussualy associate themself with the Nadhatul Ulama organization (formed by former President Abdulrahman Wahid's father). On the other hand, at rural areas they are usualy called Pesantren. Their tuitions are low so mostly affordable by low income families. I rerely use these words.

I think the clip we refer to was not from middle eastern 'seminary' but from the sub continent areas (maybe Kurdistan, Afghanistan or Pakistan). Anyways, as shown from your link, in his book Mr. Obama was saying "In the Muslim school, the teacher wrote to tell my mother that I made faces during Koranic studies" so clearly he was admitting openly that he did learn (practised if you will) Islam in some point of his life. So even Mr Obama was confusing his public school as a Muslim school. Mustn't have been the highlights of his life.

In my opinion, it is evident that what mr Obama said was that he was never a Muslim in heart and to me, that means that he never was a believer. And it is his right to do so.

Like many people, I was curious to know whether Sen[D] Obama was ever a Muslim or not. That curiosity brought me to Mr. Pipes's articles and I think I've got me the answer.

The reporters and analists must have their own agendas. We haven't seen the last of the crossfire specially when the campaign will come to the next level.

Btw, i think the core of terrorism is 'hatred' and that can only be defeated by 'love'. But that's another issue.


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