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Submitted by Josh (Canada), Apr 18, 2005 at 20:06

There is no all-encompassing statement to be made concerning any group of people, whether religious, political, or social. Not all Islamic people are terrorists (or even supporters of terrorism). Neither are all Christians, Catholics, Atheists, North Americans or Europeans even simply 'good' people.

"The very fact that this "religion" has words like "infidel," is very telling re the mindset of these individuals."
Countless times in history, most especially during the Crusades but even now, have the Islamic people been referred to as 'infidels', 'heathen', and 'blasphemers'. Simply, these terms are reserved for people who do not "believe what I believe".

"Wherever in the world the muslim religion has gained power, there has been incredible violence."
Does the repeated slaughter between Catholics and Protestants in Europe count as "incredible violence"? Or the atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition? Or the horrors committed by the States in Vietnam, both to POW's and civilians? Or the Crusades? Or the oppression of black slaves in southern plantations? Violence does not equal Islam, nor does Islam equal violence.

"Muslims have happily destroyed thousand year old Buddhist statutes"
How is the destruction of Islamic mosques, Aztec temples, and native American holy places by 'God-fearing Christians' any different?

"This mosque is supposed to be the highest on the east coast. What many don't know is that to muslims, a high mosque is a symbol of power. The mayor of Boston's name is "Menino," and he thinks this mosque is just peachy."
I dont understand this statement at all. What difference does it make whether the high mosque symbolizes power? In every single culture, in every single nation, the most important buildings have the greatest height. The statement that since a high mosque is being built, therefore Muslims all over America will unite in bloody anarchy is absolutely absurd.

The simple truth is that the North America's hands are just as bloody as the Muslim nations. There is no 'good' side or 'evil' side. There are radicals on both sides of the world, radicals who prefer violence and destruction to peace and safety. But that does not make Islam the scapegoat of the world's problems.
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