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Submitted by Amira (United States), Jan 4, 2005 at 21:41

The proposition of creating isolating camps for Muslim-Americans is both absurd and frightening. Would you agree that the mob lynchings of blacks in the early and mid 20th century were illegal and tragic? ( I assume the answer is yes.) And would you agree that most, if not all, of those active in perpetrating those crimes were white males? (again, I assume yes.) So, would you have supported confining all white males in internment camps? Yes, that would have probably fixed the problem. But of course it is absurd, as you would be removing the civil liberties of a large group of people due to the illegal actions of a very small number of extremist individuals. You probably would have even solved 99% of the problem if you had limited the freedoms of white, Christian Southern males, to catch the ones who believed that their religion mandated such cruel treatment.

Muslims are bound by a religion - not a fanaticism, not even a race, but a religion. And you realistically propose restricting the liberties of an entire religion because something like .0001% of the Muslim population has anything to do with extremist factions?

Consider the quote of a real radical --
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin 1759
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