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Submitted by Dave (United States), Jul 3, 2006 at 18:55

Sarah:

You may say such words till you run out of breath. Your words will not sway anyone here into believing when more and more atrocities are commited each day in the name of Islam.

The key words to my assertion are: "...in the name of Islam." People of many religions commit horrible crimes, but with very very few exceptions, they DO NOT commit these terrible acts IN THE NAME OF THEIR RELIGION! I have debated this time and again with those of Islamic faith. Each and every time, they use the same arguments, but I have yet to hear one of them come right out and speak the plain and simple words of truth. You Sarah and other followers of your faith engaged in this disussion are guilty.

What I want to hear from any peaceful moderate Muslim is public outcry, again and again and again, screaming at the top of their lungs "This is not what we believe." I want to see Immans on television preaching against terrorism. I want to hear condemnation through the open doors of your mosques. I want to see parades of Muslims marching in the streets in every Western nation telling the world in a loud clear voice that the 'terrorists and those who "incorrectly" interpret the Qur'an do not represent Islam!' After 9/11 all we got were a few apologists on television for one day delivering the same old rhetoric - very few.

If you truly believe that Islam is being threatened and not aided by these monsters, that is THE ONE AND ONLY response. Apologies and explanations about how peaceful Islam really is only serve to enrage people like me who lost family and friends in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Why do these mild rebukes enrage me? Because you sound like you're trying to convert me Sarah, instead of doing what's morally correct - STRONG CONDEMNATION and nothing else!

Until I see these things, I shall believe as many here do, that Islam has two sides, one good and one evil and that the vast majority of Muslims secretly support the evil while hiding behind lies. As the old saying goes: "Silence is Acquiescence."

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