I believe you. In fact, I believe most Muslims are peaceful people who simply want to worship in their own way, raise their families, reach their
potential, and live in harmony. I've met some of you and there is no way I'm going to place you in the same category as a "terrorist," whatever that
The way I have had it explained to me by a Muslim man named Yassar, an Egyptian, was that he thinks the extremists are taking sayings in the Koran out
of context and mis-applying them to justify their extremist actions. I'm willing to trust him on his interpretation. I believe him, too.
I have some problems with Christians as well. I'm not talking historically, which is worse, and I can well understand the issue with the Crusades, but
let's face it, the historical Muslims battled there way into Spain with just as much violence as the Crusaders went into Jerusalem, so for the
present, let's call it even. In any case, let's leave it for another discussion. We're talking TODAY here.
Well, I think the Westboro Baptist Chruch people are nuts. I think the Aryan Brother hood is nuts. I think those Christians who advocate violence are
nuts. But the worst the Westboro Baptist Church crowd has done is picket military funerals with offensive signs. If this were an Iraqi funeral, the
jihadist response would not be to carry an offensive sign. It would be to recruit someone, usually a young idealist, strap C4 to his body, have him
attend the funeral and blow himself up with as many innocent people as he could. And for that he will get his reward in Heaven.
You see the difference?
What is troubling is that the 'peaceful Muslim world' is not saying, "Hey, wait a minute. You jihadists killing innocent people, usually fellow
Muslims, is wrong. You should be shunned." Instead, by your silence, you are giving tacit approval to their actions.
So I believe you. You are not violent/radical. You are not lying. You are very tolerant. Unfortunately, you are also tolerant of the violent/radical
people who hide amongst you, where they know they will be safe.
That's a problem only you can solve.
edit on 3/5/2011 by schuyler because: (no reason given)