What Is a Moderate Muslim?
As we enter 2006, Islamic radicalism remains no less a challenge to the world than it did four years ago. One of its chief aspects involves how non-Muslims, who typically have little knowledge of Islam, may accurately identify Muslim moderates.
Perhaps those looking at it from the outside are more objective.
Moderate Muslims admit there is a problem in the body of the religion -- not in the principles and traditions of the faith, but among the believers themselves.
Once again proving denial is not just a river in Egypt. No problems in the "principles and traditions"? Wow.
UPDATE: Part of the problem is that President Bush has not done any kind of real outreach to moderate American Muslims.
The problem here in America is that the wahabis fund (and thus control) the majority of the mosques and madrassahs, including training and hand picking the imams. Many Muslims I know barely go to their local mosques anymore because of this pervasive atmosphere.
President Bush has not even addressed American Muslims onthis, or asked for their help in identifying the Islamic radicals..not even so much as an `800' number to call if they hear jihad speech in their mosque, see questionable Muslims in attendance from overseas or know of questionable activities or fundraising.
-- Joshua Pundit