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This is tricky -- I'm not sure how to handle the adjectives

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Submitted by Charles Martel (United States), Mar 6, 2009 at 10:49

I could not possibly be more terrified of Islam, and pray every night for God to peacefully strip it of its political and emotional power over a billion-plus humans, but I'm not sure that it is wise to use the religious adjectives in those broadcasts.

I draw a distinction between speaking to an ignorant Western audience and speaking to a native Moslem audience in situ. I think it is vital to use those adjectives in the West to make the point crystal clear HERE, but I also think Moslems know it is their religion that is fomenting the terror -- I think it is bad psychology to rub their noses in that by using the "Moslem" or "Islamic" adjectives.

I am a serious Christian and there are obviously many serious Christians and Jews here. If our religions were as violent as Islam, would it not be easier psychologically for us to draw that conclusion ourselves from evidence rather than having someone else saying it?

Spozhmai Maiwandi should obviously be fired for a pro-Taliban interview after 9/11, but I think I agree with not calling the extremists and terrorists "Moslem" or "Islamic."

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