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Specificity

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Submitted by Monte Gardner (United States), Jun 15, 2007 at 20:22

"As a general rule, specificity is a good thing."

I think this part is important. We need to be both specific and factual in our conversations with others about these issues. There has been far too much of broad generalizations and impatient shallow propaganda. Such rhetoric boils down to little more then running down the streets shouting "The Muslims are coming!". I would classify some portion of the comments on this site in that category. When we make such statements without the backup of historical facts and verifiable evidence, we only give substance to the accusation of "Islamophobic Bigotry". Ideas, even the horrible ones, are, indeed, bulletproof, but they can be overcome by better ideas, and that is our weapon in this war.

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