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Reader comment on item: No American Muslim Terrorists? [A Reply to Spencer Ackerman]
in response to reader comment: Re: Talks against Muslims

Submitted by N.J. (United States), Oct 20, 2009 at 01:38

On this site tend to make arguments that compare apples to oranges. The attempt to compare western Christians or their secular governments to Pakistan is at best a specious argument. A better argument, and more valid one, would be to either compare Muslims who live in the United States to other groups living here, or to compare the Muslims of Pakistan to the various Hindu and Christian extremist groups that live in South Asia.

There are several Christian groups, like the Tripura Liberation Front, which is a radical Baptist group funded by western churches, whose purpose is to overthrow the majority regional Indian government in the region and establish a "Christian" state, or the Nagaland Rebels, who have been engaging in a Christian insurgency in the borderlands of India and Burma. Then of course we had the Tamil Tigers and their Buddhist opposition in the government of Sri Lanka. The majority of Pakistan's Muslims practice a relatively peaceful Sufi version of Islam. Its celebrations resemble something more like Woodstock than some violent radical organization's practices.

On the American side, American Muslims tend to be among the more affluent members of their community and show lower levels of social problems, like criminal behavior, teen pregnancy, teen abortion, and so on than their Christian counterparts, The arguments here are clever, but they are made by using arguments that omit much, make inappropriate comparisons, etc.

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