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Compassion vs Hatred

Reader comment on item: [The Search for Moderate Islam:] A Reply to Lawrence Auster

Submitted by John (United States), Jan 28, 2005 at 12:39

Dear Mr. Pipes,

This is by far the best article I have ever read from you. While our enemies hate us so much, it is a waste of our time to become bitter. I say we work to marginalize those whose hearts are so torn with hatred, so that in the end they consume themselves.

Chrisitianity had its Jihad in the Middle Ages, it was called the Crusades. Now Christianity has grown up and modernized to meet the demands of the 21st century. We have the right to compassionately demand that Islam do the same. The fact that we have been victimized by those Islamists who seek to kill us, simply because of our faith or where we were born gives us that right.

In the process of the Muslim's world struggle with Israel, they have developed a culture of hatred. There are Muslim voices that speak out against this religious bigotry and we should not abandon them.

They have become victims of Islamist violence themselves. Look at the violence of Muslims against Muslims in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and anywhere where militant Islamists have power. Most importantly, look at how al Qaeda and its allies attack Shiites in Pakistan and Iraq. Let us champion the cause of tolerance and defend the best interests of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists equally.

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