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"We are here for two reasons, to say that as mothers we share the grief of those that have lost their loved ones and we salute the loyalty of those men and women that have laid down their lives for our country.
"Secondly we are here to say loud and clear to those extremists that would exploit that grief, you're not one of us, you don't represent us."
From time to time I read ignorant posts on ATS that say that "all muslims are terrorists", or that "muslims don't do, or say anything about the fundamentalist arm of the religion", so I've quoted the above, which is on the BBC site today as one example of how fundamentally (pun intended) flawed that position is.
or say anything about the fundamentalist arm of the religion"
Father Christmas is not part of the Muslim tradition
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
I'm kind of amazed that after such a wonderful article, members can still come here and attempt to speak in generelizations and stereotypes.
I mean really?
Religious extremists are everywhere. In every sect of any religion.
To demonize 1/6th of the population for the actions of a few is ignorant and IMO a de-evolution of societal norms which impedes progress. Don't you all realize this is what those who pull the strings want?
To pit each other against one another in order to blind us by fear and hate.
On top of that, we get straw man arguments that have nothing to do with the topic at hand. Bosnia for example...
I wonder how many of those who continuously speak in blanket statements have even met one person whome they are talking about?
How many have been exposed to their culture, their beliefs?
I would guess probably not many.
Great article Nef, a little perspective is always appreciated.
Originally posted by proudcaptalist
Yes there are religious EXTREMISTS. BUT....islam is VIOLENT.
A group of Muslims protested against the presence of British troops in Afghanistan when the Second Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment took part in a homecoming parade through Luton in March 2009.
Mrs Bashir said the behaviour of that sector of the Muslim community had "shocked" and "outraged" her.
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I do not want wider society to be afraid of me as a Muslim woman.
Wreath layer Kalsoom Bashir
She said: "They were exploiting a very sensitive time. It was a time to show compassion. They were in contradiction of the principles of the faith that they claim to represent, it is not the religion I know and recognise."
“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”