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Clarification of my earlier comment

Reader comment on item: [Finding Moderate Muslims:] Do you believe in modernity?
in response to reader comment: Typical Moderate Muslim

Submitted by hayyah (United States), Jan 25, 2005 at 14:13

I wrote, "Islam does not condone uncalled-for violence and I have yet to meet (in real life, though I've seen them online and obviously on the news) any other religious Muslim who honestly thinks it does."

That was not phrased well. I have never had a Muslim friend or even acquaintance, and I am almost always surrounded by Muslims due to my profession and location, that believes the Qur'an tells us to kill, hurt, or even disrespect (on the contrary, it tells us to treat those who disrespect us with better behaviour than they show) Christians, jews, Hindus, Sikha, Bahai's, or even pagans that aren't actively trying to hurt innocent Muslims. the Qur'an DOES NOT say this.

I want to clarify the above by saying that the Muslims I see on the news and online cannot be considered religious, but rather deviants who are largely ignorant of the Sunnah and are acting politically.... just as Catholicism doesn't support Fascism (think Italy), Christianity doesn't support oppressive imperialism or racism (think "white man"), Protestantism nor Catholicism call for the violence committed over Ireland, etc. etc. etc. I'm sure you all know what I'm getting at. Islam doesn't call for what has been perpetrated in its name anymore than Christianity supports the Ku Klux Klan, which twisted the Bible in a way that the members found justification in it.

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