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Guilty by Connotation

Reader comment on item: Do Moderate Muslims Exist?
in response to reader comment: Guilty by Connotation

Submitted by John Maszka (United Arab Emirates), Apr 26, 2019 at 21:33

And I responded:

Despite your very unnecessary (and unprofessional) personal attacks. you seem to be ether missing the point or simply unwilling to acknowledge it. Of course I've read his article, which I found to be ill-conceived and oversimplified. There are a number of continuums (e.g., religious, political, economic) along which we all identify at different points for various reasons. To imply that religious fundamentalists are static, uniform and somehow "distinguishable" from the rest of the population is a gross oversimplification of the facts. It is a caricature of the human condition. Fundamentalist (devout) Muslims, like any other fundamentalist group, hold a variety of political and socio-economic values that span from liberal to conservative and from pacifistic to militant. Just as many political and/or fiscal conservatives are not religiously conservative (or religious at all), so many religious conservatives also happen to be moderate or liberal in their economic and political views.


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