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BAD MUSLIMS ON ATTACK

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Submitted by CatherineIH (United States), Aug 14, 2002 at 12:10

Actually, I like the idea that radical Muslims are bad, mainstream Muslims, good. There are millions of Muslims; they're not going to go away. It would be hard to manage such a big enemy. No doubt the religion itself is doing a lot of good, keeping its members to the straight and narrow, giving them hope and dignity while they scrape for an existence in often harsh circumstances.

Yet these village burnings in Indonesia are simply one instance of worldwide attacks by Muslims against their non-Muslim neighbors.

In Lebanon, which was a few decades ago run by Christians, Muslims have taken over, taking away Christians' lands and businesses and pushing them out of the country.

In Egypt, Muslims are kidnapping Coptic Christians, jailing them in closets and such, scraping Christian tatoos off their arms, forcing these Christians to convert and/or marry Muslims.

In Western Europe, especially in France, Muslims burn synogogues and harass Jews.

In the Philippines, Muslims (a small minority) are fighting with the majority Catholic society.

In Iran and Iraq, Christians are...do they even exist? Ancient Buddhist statues are torn down.

Muslims are fighting ex-Commies in Russia, Hindus in India and Christians in the Balkans.

In Saudi Arabia, Bibles are confiscated at the border and Christians are not welcome

In the US, "moderate" Muslim organizations pronounce their hatred of the US and its culture and fund terrorist organizations

Where are the moderate Muslims? Certainly, many are bullied into silence. But clearly, the Muslim record today is pretty bad.
Christians too, once conquered other lands (Latin America for example) and somewhat forcibly converted the natives. Yet this was several centuries ago. We have changed to peaceful conversion methods.
We could just hope that the Muslims too will change.

However, if we let this this worldwide Muslim rampage to continue, many non-Muslim communities will disappear. Moderate Muslims will be utterly squelched and probably shrink. Why? The radicals will control government jobs and largesse and indoctrinate the youth to their views. (Just like the left is doing in the US today.)

So, it's good that Bush is talking up the "we love (moderate) Muslims line." We should be fierce, though, in dealing with these radicals. This should include not SUBSIDIZING these radicals in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

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