petition/religious bias?

S L Forsburg nospamforsburg at salk.edu
Sun Jan 31 13:27:23 EST 1999


Just a note:  there were some very good comments about the
Western tendency to misjudge Islam, and one writer made a
very clear set of statements about what Muslims really believe.
This is important.  Islam has a great tradition of 
open-mindedness, intellectual pursuit, reason, 
and tolerance which has been hijacked by fundamentalist
extremists, the same way fundamentalist extremists have
hijacked other major religions.  When you get down to it, most
mainstream religions (Christianity, Juadaism, Islam...) have
acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness as major tenets.  Alas, 
a fringe of their believers these days seem to 
forget that, as people destroy
one another in the stolen name of faith.  One of the tragedies in 
Afghanistan is that the lunatic extremists have misappropriated 
the name of Islam in their women-hating savagery.  But 
as  pointed out by others here on the list, they aren't
acting as Muslims, they are  acting as extremists.  
And, remember that women-hating  extremists  exist in 
our Western society too.  They may espouse a different religion,
but they are just as extreme, and just as dangerous.  WE ignore 
them at our peril.


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