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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Are There Any "Moderate" Muslims?

In Egypt, a Muslim country, a group of Muslims violently attempt to prevent the building of a Christian church. Stick with me here. Islam is by far the dominant religion in Egypt. The church was being built by Christian Copts, who make up about 10% of the population, so we obviously don't have the argument of Muslim "marginalization" leading to violence. I also think it's pretty safe to assume that the understanding of Islam in Egypt must be pretty mainstream vis a vis Muslims worldwide. Yet things like this happen fairly regularly, not only in Egypt but in other Muslim countries as well (which all generally prohibit or severely restrict the practice of other religions, much less the buildings of their houses of worship). When does something like this cease being labeled aberrant and instead finally classified as emblematic? UPDATE: "It is said he was preaching murder, but he was actually preaching from the Koran itself." That quote is from the defense attorney in the UK trial of Abu Hamza defending his client against a "hate speech"/incitement to murder prosecution. Hamza said words to the effect "the trees will call out to the Muslims, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him”. The defense is that these were not his words per se but words from the Hadith (i.e. the book of the sayings Muhammadmed). OK. So we should feel better that when a Muslim cleric calls for the murder of Jews, he's "only" quoting from his holy scripture? Isn't that the problem many have (and rightfully should have) with Islam? That it's holiest words that are preached regularly today, not 500 years ago, call for this sort of thing...and more?
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