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Moderate Muslim: Not an Oxymoron

RHSimard Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 9:50 PM
One thing I'd like to be able to tell some Muslims who may be short of radicalized but perhaps moving in that direction, is to point out how it is the violent ones who are destroying the perception of all Muslims to the rest of the world. I'll grant you, there are a lot of highly disturbing passages in the Quran, but there are also some things in Biblical history we no longer embrace (for example, the woman taken in adultery who was about to be executed by stoning. Jesus defused the situation in the best possible way, but neither he nor anyone else denied that the punishment was legal). We don't burn witches These are all principles even in secular law. Perhaps Muslims in our culture look upon those parts of the Quran similarly.
Bondman60 Wrote: Mar 11, 2013 1:50 PM
RHS: In the time of Jesus, executions by the religious courts were exceedingly rare. Besides requiring Roman approval, the burden of proof for capital punishment was set intentionally very high. In the Talmud, a court which executed more than one offender in 70 years was referred to as a "hanging court." It is also understood that the execution of the disobedient son was not once carried out. The "eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth passage is explained as punishment of the monetary sort in the Talmud. It was never taken in the literal sense. Islam, however, takes all of these things literally.
Lars Hedegaard is a Danish journalist who has made his name denouncing Islam, which he describes as "a totalitarian system of thought" whose adherents "rape their own children." Last month, someone showed up at his door with a gun and fired a shot that missed him.

It's just what you would expect of those crazy Muslims, isn't it? Except that in the aftermath, Hedegaard found Muslims across Denmark were conspicuously un-crazy. They did not applaud the assailant or excuse his motives. Instead, they condemned the attack and upheld Hedegaard's freedom to preach unhinged bigotry.

One group even rallied in Copenhagen to disavow such...