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Perhaps Different Ways of Expressing our Opposition to Islamic Extremism

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Submitted by Sara L. (United States), Sep 22, 2012 at 07:16

Dear Mr. Pipes,

Thank you for this forum for our comments. Although it is very important to resist with all our efforts the radical Islamists who want to reshape our culture and country I find it discomfitting and disconcerting to do it through denigrating and insulting images of the prophet Muhammed. Millions of people in Islam and in all religions find great solace, comfort and strength in their sacred scriptures. These are the peaceful, silent majority whom we need to draw to our side to stand up to the radical and militant extremists. This will be made more difficult by insulting their prophet.

There are many areas where we can and should be declaring our determination not to allow this radical and militant element of Islam which does not represent Islam in its finer aspects to infiltrate and insert itself into our culture and society. Two of these areas are Sharia law and honor killings. Unfortunately there have been instances where judges have deferred to Sharia law in their rulings and many instances of honor killings taking place within our borders. By using our energies to defeat the adversary in these arenas we would be taking the high road.


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