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Response to Gunther Steinberg

Reader comment on item: Bush Declares War on Radical Islam
in response to reader comment: Is Radical Islam and better than the Radical Religious Right ?

Submitted by Debra (United States), Oct 31, 2005 at 23:29

Mr. Steinberg:

I hear you that most humans don't want extremes in either direction... right or left. However, not since the Crusades has hordes of Christians traveled the world killing innocent masses. Even then, that was in response to hundreds of years of Muslim invasions/crimes in the Holy Lands and Europe/Asia. I really don't want to get into the wars and beliefs of the past as that was a different world and every religion/culture has some questionable blood in their history. What I am concerned about is modern times... NOW!

Sure there are extreme right wing people who are religious zealots and even commit crimes in the name of their religion. However, we are talking the exception verses the rule. Islam, on the other hand, doesn't just have the occasional extremist commit crimes against humanity, they have had violence, hate, intolerence, oppression, and murder since it's inception and their victims are in the millions with no end in sight.

I am not very religious, but consider myself a Judeo Christian believer (but without all the guilt and constant references to how much we are sinners). I respect most religious beliefs and anything that involves human kindness and decency and freedom. I love that there are people so much more virtuous than I and a big piece of me hopes they are right about heaven regardless of their God. So, I don't fear anyone religious (except Militant Muslims & other Cults). I kind of like that with all the extremely bad people in the world that there are more people that are extremely good... even overly zealous with their religious belief. It balances it all out with the scale tilting towards good verses bad. Only the occasional Christian (or any other peaceful religion) person or groups commits acts that are indeed not in the best interest of humanity. However, radical Islam is on the march with a very clear mission (no matter how absurd it is) to dominate the world and that picture isn't very pretty.

I don't think that in todays modern liberal society that America, or anywhere else for that matter, is ever going to become a Puritan society. It just isn't going to happen and you know it. The idea is absurd. However, for arguments sake, if I had to pick an extremist world to live in, I'd rather it be a radical Christian/Jew/Buddhist/Hindu world full of mainly kind people than that of Islam where most men are animals and the rest just sit back and let the animals kill us all because they are too weak to stand up. That is how I feel, by the way, about moderate Muslims who don't stand up by the millions and stamp out their own cancer.

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