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Submitted by gfmucci (United States), Sep 7, 2010 at 22:14

I have trouble understanding these statements: "But I have one concern: the team's increasing anti-Islamic tone. Misled by the Islamists' insistence that there can be no such thing as "moderate Islam," my allies often fail to distinguish between Islam (a faith) and Islamism (a radical utopian ideology aiming to implement Islamic laws in their totality). This amounts not just to an intellectual error but a policy dead-end. Targeting all Muslims conflicts with basic Western notions, lumps friends with foes, and ignores the inescapable fact that Muslims alone can offer an antidote to Islamism. As I often note, radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam is the solution."

What is "moderate Islam?" What parts and how much of the Qur'an and hadiths do they eliminate or spiritualize for their ideology/religion to be come "moderate?" How many of these practitioners of "moderate Islam" are there in the US? How do we know who they are, given the widespread practice of taqiyya? How much influence do they have in the Islamic Ummah compared to the influence of the so-called "radicals" who control historic, orthodox Islam? I guess I am one of those misled souls who believe Islam is not a religion of peace that "radical" Muslims have hijacked. but is is a radical religion that peace-loving Muslims are attempting to hijack." Doesn't Islamic history confirm this?


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