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Moderate Muslims?

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Submitted by Wes Tucker (United States), Dec 5, 2006 at 12:09

Dear Mr. Pipes,

Thank you so much for your articles on Islam. I'm a Christian missionary here in the US that works to help Muslims understand the Gospel. I've worked with Muslims for 20 years in Europe (France) and at home. My comment is that I think even what we call moderate Muslims would vote the Muslim agenda if given the chance. They may not understand all of its ramifications, but loyalty to the Umma exceeds loyatly to the US Constitution, for example.

Many of my Muslim friends here still believe that Islam is the answer for the US, and that Sharia law would be the proper course to take. They haven't thought this through. It's a gut reaction owing to their mono-cultural upbringings. So, I'm left wondering if even placing some hope in moderate Muslims isn't misplaced hope. To me, Islam, as practiced my Muhammad and his followers, truly is a violent religion. Attempts to make it appear peaceful are modern. I believe folks like UBL have it right, and that this is the tail that wags the dog (ie. moderates) ultimately.

Sincerely, Wes Tucker

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