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Submitted by scottindallas (United States), Jun 8, 2012 at 08:54

But, that is meaningless. Islam only means something in how it is expressed. I have friends who are converts, they were strict Baptists, they're strict Muslims. More liberal converts, stay liberal. People come to the faith, people express the faith. As one friend says, Islam is hidden from the West and the world by a thick veil of Muslims. The same could be said for any faith, group, community. If you want to deal with them, appeal to the best in their culture, and expect them to rise to the occasion. Attack and beset them, and they will likely group together and hunker down. Islam has a liberal tradition, and, those of you so concerned, should learn about the liberal aspects of Islam and encourage that. Ask them about those tradititons. Some, many don't even know. Just as most faithful are most as schooled as they should be. But, neither are they schooled in the elements you fear. Only by appealing to what we have in common, humanity and human and civil rights will we advance. But, let's be sure we're willing to extend to them the same rights we'd ask for ourselves.

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