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Reader comment on item: A Million Moderate Muslims on the March
in response to reader comment: "Moderate" -What does THAT mean?

Submitted by Pat (United States), May 9, 2007 at 00:09

Moderates are considered the norm today in Judeo-Christian cultures. The radicals are the ones who stand out.

We have Christian "fundamentalists". Some have taken to calling them "radical Christians". Everyone else is "mainline". Of course "radical" Christians haven't set out to destroy mainline protestant denominations or Roman Catholicism, nor have they labeled anyone who doesn't believe as they do a heretic or an apostate.

I believe Judaism has its orthodox and ultra-orthodox, who are considered more radical than other Jews.

The ones with the adjectives in front are considered special. What does it say about Islam that the "moderates" are the ones who are different? Why is it they are also the hardest to find? Shouldn't there be strength in numbers? It leads me to question just how many "moderate Muslims" there are.


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