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Dear Mr. President:
I have read the following transcript of a talk you recently gave:
"Islam is a religion that brings hope and comfort to more than a billion people around the world. It has transcended racial and ethnic divisions. It has given birth to a rich culture of learning and literature and science... ...Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar. For Muslims in America and around the world, Ramadan is a special time of prayer and fasting, contemplation of God's greatness, and charity and service to those in need. And for people of all faiths, it is a good time to reflect on the values we hold in common, including love of family, gratitude to God, the importance of community, and a commitment to tolerance and religious freedom."
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/10/20061016-6.html Link to White House press release of transcript of Iftaar dinner at the White House
Mr. President, with all due respect, you must be kidding. Your words are contributing to the confusion of a nation.
If what you said is true, then...
- Why is Islam known for such extreme violence?
- Why does Islamic violence increase during Ramadan, their "holiest month"?
- Why are Islamic women denied their human rights?
- Why is Islam known to be the most intolerant religion on the planet?
- Why does a central point of Islamic theology require forced conversions?
- Why are the majority of teachers of Islam teaching conquest and Sharia law?
- Why is this nation spending billions of dollars defending against the Islamo-fascist threat?
The concept of "Moderate Islam" is a hopeful, but self-deluding myth. Your statements reflect a head-in-the-sand understanding of today's Islam. Or at best, reflect the state of Islam 50 years ago. Islam is going through a reformation - a return to their theological roots. These roots are vested in violence and conquest. The Muslims who may be "moderate" based on our Christian world view are in a reformist-Islam intimidated minority. Few speak out against their violent mainstream counterparts.
We will experience success when we know our enemy. You do not speak as if you know our enemy. God help us.