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What of those who do not preach violence?

Reader comment on item: Bush Declares War on Radical Islam

Submitted by J.S. (Canada), Oct 11, 2005 at 15:06

I have read comments by followers of Islam who advocate, for example, a change to Canada's constitution -- so that Canada's constitution better "provides" for Muslims and their religious requirements...And they advocate for change in Canada -- but not through the use of violence. So are these Muslims "suspect" as well? (are they "closet" Islamists -- even though "moderate")?

The other day the CBC broadcast a brief "news" item -- Muslim students were demanding that a university campus accommodate them -- establish a prayer room (for Ramadan). Their request was rebuffed. The university administrator flatly stated (I'm not quoting, but words to the effect) that the university was a secular institution and would NOT be providing prayer rooms. I say, Good for that administrator, I wish their were more like her in Canada. (The "news" item was, I believe, sympathetic to the would-be prayer people.)

I'm beginning to detect (in myself and others) an attitude toward religion that is the opposite of a "halo" effect -- it's like a black cloud hovering over anything remotely deemed "religious.." (it's a constant wondering: "Is he or she a fundy?")

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