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Submitted by Ed Halper (United States), Dec 5, 2006 at 19:47

An excellent article. Our efforts to encourage Muslim leaders in America have, I fear, been inimical to the "second step." Many of these people seem to derive their positions of leadership from radical Saudi -funded organizations like CAIR and to use their position to oppress recent Muslim immigrants.

This is what I think we saw with the Muslim taxi drivers in the Twin Cities. It turned out, on investigation, that most of the drivers were not very concerned about having passengers in their cars who had alcohol. They were, rather, pressured by Muslim community leaders. And the same so-called leaders will use the recent incidents of 6 Imams being taken off a plane to "prove" to recent immigrants that, as Muslims, they face insurmountable discrimination in the US and must therefore rely on the radical leaders for protection. Their technique should be transparent. We need to worry about protecting Muslim immigrants from their leaders.

The more American Muslims who are free to speak out against terrorism, the greater the chance for Islam to reconcile itself to modernity. We need to remember, however, how many centuries it took Christianity to make the comparable move.


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