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moderate is practice not theory

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Submitted by bnd (Germany), Apr 18, 2007 at 22:49

Moderate Islam may be problematic in theory, although certainly theory exists.

However in practice, most of Islam is moderate..that is they do not wish to take over the world, or use violence to advance their ends. That's why it's been so critical for the enemy at every step to justify every action as defensive, as defensive jihad is more acceptable. That and every human understands the need for self-defense.

So ortho-praxis over orthodox. Let's remember the Catholic Church only really officially came up with doctrinal justification for democracy at Vatican Council II (1965).

Still I think it's a bit wishful. The enemy's bloodlust is so deep only a series of truly devastating catastrophes, like those that befell Germany and Japan will turn them away from conquest.

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