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"Moderate" sounds like "Luke Warm"

Reader comment on item: The Middle East Forum Debates Moderate Islam

Submitted by Tony Patterson (United States), Mar 30, 2014 at 12:52

Isn't labeling a group of Muslims as "moderates" much like labeling a group of Christians as "lukewarm" (Rev 3:16)? The inference is these Muslims are "moderate" in their adherence to or belief in the Koran, much like Christians who are "lukewarm" in their adherence to or belief in the Bible. Don't they find such a reference troubling just as a Christian would when called "Luke Warm"?

A good friend, who is well versed in Middle East cultures, history, and Islam, who was born in the Middle East and lived there many years as an adult, once made an observation to me: "A person who strives to be more like Jesus by studying the Bible and life of Jesus becomes less prone to violence. A person who strives to be more like Mohamed by studying the Koran and the life of Mohamed becomes more prone to violence."

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