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Old 12-26-2010, 11:00 PM
chrisn chrisn is offline
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Default Re: "In the name of Islam?"

Ocean, here's where I might agree with you:

It is a very small fraction of Muslims who are attacking us. That's a fact.

The majority of Muslims in this country face an uphill battle against ignorance, mistrust, and misinformation about themselves and their religion. They ought to be able to build mosques and worship as they please. Mostly they are, but they face a hostile environment.

This pressure in the U.S. may even assist in radicalizing some of the young ones especially.

Here's another fact: A small percentage of Muslims in this country is radicalizing. They (a very small few) join militias and groups of people and join in common cause against the suffering of fellow Muslims abroad who are aiming to kill Americans, here in America, as many as possible, in grand symbolic displays such as 9/11. They're out there.

We probably agree that discussion like this one on Bloggingheads are important, and I appreciate Bloggingheads for a being a place to do this.

Here's where I likely very much disagree:

Taking up the mantle of feminism, LGBT rights etc. on a progressive platform is simply not sufficient to address the mistrust, misinformation and ignorance out there, nor really, the beliefs, thoughts, and understanding of a likely majority of Americans. Muslims are a small minority in this country. It's up to individuals, in their daily lives, to make the sacrifices necessary to live together and to broaden their understanding. This is a forum to do that.

Women's rights and equal rights and humanism are mostly WESTERN products, not those of Islam (though some of these values can likely be found in the Quran). Muslims are coming HERE for economic and educational opportunities, freedom to worship, and political stability.

LGBT discussions in Cairo...in Tehran...in Damascus?

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