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Submitted by Romesh Chander (United States), Apr 22, 2007 at 16:28

How do you tell a fundamentalist muslim from a moderate muslim? Well, during Danish cartoon crisis, millions of muslims demonstrated, including those in western countries like UK. Do you call these 'demonstrators' as moderate simply because these millions were not involved in killing infidels (though they killed plenty of their own)? Were they 'good' muslims', 'bad muslims', 'fundamentalists' or just plain ignorant who were manipulated by fundamentalists or were they not muslims at all?.

Frankly, we non-muslims don't care whether muslims fast or not, eat hallal food or not, go to mosque or not, pray 5 times or 10 times a day or not at all, perform Hajj or not, give charity or not, keep beards or not, dress islamically or wear shorts/bikinis ; all we non-muslims care about is that muslims should live peacefully in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious societies, and believe me, that will require ignoring / discarding many of the dicatates of Koran. If you cannot ignore/discard many of the dictates of Koran, then you have no place in multi-cultural/ethnic/religious societies. Islam is incompatible with multi-religious societies.

As Sam Harris has said "The problem is not with Islamic Fundamentalism; rather the problem is with Fundamentals of Islam". If anybody who reads Koranic verses on violence towards Jews, and non-jews and does not get affected by those verses needs to see a neurologist. Violence is intrinsic to Islam. It is the many Fundamentals of Islam which must be discarded.

No, the problem is not with House of Saud or US invasion of Iraq or corrupt muslim governments (just all the governments in the entire world are corrupt); the problem is with Islam and its Fundamentals.

I doubt your input has convinced any of the non-muslim regarding the existence of moderate muslims; the search for them is in vain.

Here is a good discussion on "Who is a moderate muslim"?



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