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Moderate Moslems

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Submitted by Guy Leven-Torres (Agricola) (United Kingdom), May 9, 2007 at 16:41

Moslems can be well mannered and moderate. Indeed there are none more so! Many reject outright the violent activities of the extremists, yet one has to say that the religion itself is the problem and the arrogant belief that it is the superior and last word of God. Many Christians, including myself find this claim incredibly offensive and as for the Jews, who more than any other people have to deal with these Islamists on their borders, they must feel it even more so, as it was from their own beliefs, thousands of years older than Islam from which the so called Prophet plageurised his Koran. It is like somebody stealing one of my books, copying it out in precis and then condemning mine as heresy. That is Islam one is afraid.

I studied Islam, Islamic civilisation and theology ay Postgrad level. I nearly converted until I found out all the above and what really lay behind it. And I agree with Dr Pipes that there are just too many ignorant busy bodies that get in the way of the moderates that might with time make a difference.

However it needs to be a big seachange if Islam is to regain any respect after the behaviour of its extremists. Those busy bodies as we both know to our great regret, exist in many university departments in the West. They are a major part of the West's disinformation and ignorance in respect of Islam. These 'Useful Idiots' also exist in the Media and if moderate Islam is to have the ghost of a chance, these academic clowns and psudo intellectuals need to be removed from the equation for the sake of moderation in our own outlook and the way we see Islam and for the sake of those in the majority of Islam that are now making their feelings felt.

Turkey should be given some status in Europe and active encouragement by the EU. This way we can encourage an Islamic Age of Enlightenment perhaps similar in context and result, as that which drove out the extremists in Christianity and removed the Church from the state. There is always hope, and I do see a way through this problem, provided we act now and rid ourselves of the busy bodies and extremists.

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