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1 CuriousLurker  Sep 13, 2014 12:57:12pm

Thanks for taking the time to point this out.

I don’t know how you feel about Nathan Lean (I don’t follow him closely), but I recently stumbled upon an article he wrote back in June that really nailed the problem with the term “moderate Muslim”, especially where Islamophobes are concerned. He was able to clearly articulate something I’d understood on a gut level for a long time, but didn’t know how to express.

2 Randall Gross  Sep 13, 2014 6:44:56pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

I think this writer has fallen into the trap himself by accepting that “moderate” describes a dichotomy. Anyone who buys into that is foolish, especially in America. Moderate implies a spectrum, not “either-or” . There are moderate Muslims out there who hold beliefs that I would argue vociferously against, they aren’t folks I would label as “good” — but I can’t call them extremists, and they would never support terror. There are moderates out there who are approaching the liberal side of Islam, and some of those are even asses to elbow with the extremists in Pakistan. Then there are Liberal Muslims, who barely practice and who most fundamental mosques would label heretics. They are all Muslims, and they come in a full spectrum — just like every other religion on Earth.

3 CuriousLurker  Sep 13, 2014 10:00:40pm

re: #2 Randall Gross

Interesting, maybe you’re right. I’ll have to go back and read it again.


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