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How difficult would it be to start a moderate Muslim group?

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in response to reader comment: Where's the motivation for moderate Muslims? We have the stick, but what is the carrot?

Submitted by Rick House (United States), Dec 8, 2006 at 18:11

Instead of seperating the apples, wouldn't it be easier to create a definitive moderate Islam group? Everyone says we have to appeal to the moderates to step up. So, why don't we enlist these moderate Muslims, much as we do candidates for public office, to serve in a group founded on "the formulation and spread of an Islam that is modern, moderate, democratic, liberal, good-neighborly, humane, and respectful of women." Once formed, we can give it credibility by demanding that all negociations must include it... That's what the radical Islamists did isn't it? Ever hear of the PLO or Hamas or Hezbollah?

Just how difficult would it be to create such a group?

It's an interesting notion. Perhaps it's a path we should adopt. (The radical Islamists couldn't object because it's what they did.)

Rick House

Denton, TX

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I have already done this. See "Stephen Schwartz and the Center for Islamic Pluralism."

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