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But Do Moderates Have a Real Chance?

Reader comment on item: A Million Moderate Muslims on the March

Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), May 8, 2007 at 09:21

Let's get real: Moderates are Muslims who don't want the whole of Islam. Is that reasonable?

Some only want a contact with God (that's quite fine); some love the feeling of belonging to the Umma (that sure is great too); many need the feeling of doing really well, of living a righteous life on a God-given path (well, okay, right, but take care); some dream of the noble prophet, the perfect man, who even could kill hundreds of non combatants without braking God's law (now my cheek hurts a bit); some think that God's law must be better than men's (now my neck's becoming stiff); and then there are those who want to use the Umma's manpower and the prophet's prestige to enforce God's law. And Islamic God's law never ever was universally tolerant or fraternal.

So while there obviously are many Muslims who don't want Islam to rule absolutely, all people who praise God in Arabic, or the Islamic Umma, or the path of God as described by Islamic scriptures, whatever they really think about that, thus also do help Islamists to recruit and do their job. It is a bit like feeding and cuddling a pet that can eat you up and you know will try. It is not quite reasonable, is it?


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