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Moderate Muslims

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Submitted by Maurice Picow (Israel), Apr 21, 2007 at 14:56

There are surely many moderate Muslims who want to live in peace with non-Muslims. The question is, how to recruit them to help fight radicism? Many are afraid to come forward as their radical bretherin are just too powerful to combat.

Historically, Islam is not a moderate faith, and in most cases was (and is) spread by coercion and duress.

There is a growing trend for people to consider Islam as an alternative to the immorialty and corruption found in many societies. If one willingly choses to become a Muslim for the wrong reasons, then its most likely that the route chosen will be a more radical one. In the battle against Islamic sponsored terror, more moderism is needed to prevent the radical elements from prevailing.

Countries with Muslim dominated secular governments are all under seige, including Algeria and Turkey. It's not a very safe world that we live in; and with countries like Iran striving to become nuclear powers, then there is even more pressure on moderate Muslims. And that pressure affects us all.

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