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Saudi influence in American mosques

Reader comment on item: [Freedom House report on] Saudi Venom in U.S. Mosques

Submitted by Merl Francis Kimmel (United States), Feb 1, 2005 at 12:51

Dear Dr. Pipes:

Thank you for your article entitled "Saudi Venom in US Mosques." I have no quarrel with you whatsoever on what the Saudis' messages are to Muslim believers here in America. I would only add that when you read the points mentioned, every one of them can find validation in the Koran and mainstream Muslim tradition. Yes, I know that there are passages in the Koran which speak of extending tolerance toward non-believers, at least Christians and Jews, but for every one of those you can find another passage which calls for the death, harming or subordination of infidels. In short, the Koran is contradictory, almost revelatory of a schizophrenic mind. The real problem is not just radicalized Islam, but Islam in general. I believe more and more people here in America and around the world are coming to realize this.

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