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Submitted by Phil (United States), Mar 1, 2005 at 22:17

I came across this article by accident looking for something else. I was reading thru some of the posts and came across the one entered by "hajira". I believe that he has the right idea and the right frame of mind.

As it is usually the case at these posts that efforts to write something long-winded only results in a significant expenditure of effort (such as what must have been the case w/ "hajira" and his piece) but nothing more, I'm going to limit my "piece" (or peace if you will) to this truncated positive comment posted here. If anyone wishes to know more about my views, then by all means post a note to that effect. Preaching to the choir typically does not win new minds and hearts - neither does preaching to the deaf.

Moderation and tolerance are two of the most difficult traits to learn at any age - and judging from too many posts re too many issues at too many sites, neither is being learned well by most people. I admire people like "hajira" (and I'm an atheist by the way so I have no particular allegiance toward Islam, Christianity or any other religion, major or minor) who at least try to encourage these traits.

My note to "hajira": I frequently employ an oft-used phrase of mine - "they crucified Christ". By that I mean that being good, being honest, being respectful, being loving, even being right do not guarantee that you will be liked, appreciated, or accepted. In fact, if Christ is an example of what I'm referring to, expect virtual crucifixion when trying to introduce moderation and tolerance in important matters governing human behavior, with religious tenets certainly being one of the most obvious focuses of behavior. While I think absolutely that you are wasting your time trying to do this, you have at least a fellow traveler on the same path you tread. May you continue to follow your heart.

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