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To: China Clipper

With all due respect- I am really trying to understand something here.
WHY the insistence that individual Muslims be separated from their ideology? Its pretty plain that Islam is anti every other religion. Why may we not assume that individual Muslims believe what their religion says?
We don’t challenge/disbelieve that an atheist does not believe in a deity. We don’t try to convince ourselves that Baptists, Catholics, Jews, etc do not believe what their religion preaches.
Why are Muslims exempt from being judged by what they believe, and what their religion admits to?
Is it the numbers? Is it that it is easier to imagine millions don’t believe the basic directives of Islam than it is to face it? Because facing it would mean we have millions of mortal enemies- and then the only decision left is what to do, fight or surrender?
Honestly- anyone- I am really trying to understand the reasoning that goes into the almost desperate insistence that we NOT judge Muslims according to Islam, when we judge every other being on the planet according to the belief system and groups to which they belong.

53 posted on 10/15/2007 10:20:27 AM PDT by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: ClearBlueSky
OK, I understand your point of view.

I just don't agree with all of it.

For example, there is a major difference between Catholics and Protestants. They are both "Christians". Catholic "terrorists" in Belfast killed and maimed thousands. Are all Catholics "terrorists" and should be eliminated like rats? Of course not. Certain "branches" are more radical than others.

Unfortunately, there are radical Muslims who indeed, support some of the notions that you mention, and give other Muslims a very bad name. These radical individuals should be considered our enemies and treated as such.

For reasons which I hope are obvious, please do NOT paint EVERY Muslim with the same brush. Every Muslim doesn't secretly have the desire or "command" to kill the "infidel", anymore than every Catholic has a desire to kill all Protestants.
Each has the ability and the responsibility to decide what is propper behaviour for him/herself.

BTW, I am Catholic

75 posted on 10/16/2007 9:49:00 AM PDT by China Clipper
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