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Assimilation effects

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Submitted by Duncan Druhl (Canada), Mar 30, 2014 at 09:15

Sir, Admitting that one's declaration of devout does not mean that those deemed more observant do not contest that idea, I have friends who describe themselves as devout Muslims but who, contrary to the images accurately presented in "FITNA" and other characterisations of M.E. Islam, are extremely loving and peaceful people. Perhaps two of the considerations are that they are assimilated urban dwellers in North America AND their Islam comes not from the M.E. but places such as the Philippines and Bangladesh.

It seems that the variety of Islam out of more southeast Asia is a gentler, moderate version rather than the ardently fundamentalist version of the Salafi and Wahhabi sects and the even more gruesome aspects of the death worshiping Shi'a sect governing Iran. Indeed the Islam shown in "FITNA" and tracked on www.thereligionofpeace.com is never likely to become sufficiently house trained to allow it "indoors", but amongst those whose self declared devout practice arose outside of the M.E., there is a level of gentle humanity that does not fit the barbaric characterisation appropriate to the M.E.

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