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  • Does Believing make you a radical ?

    Dispelling the myths . . .
    Interesting article :
    from the May 16, 2008 edition

    What makes a radical?

    When asked why they supported the 9/11 attacks, the
    radicals gave political rather than religious reasons.

    •Various studies of terrorists show that most are not
    graduates of madrassahs but of private or public schools
    and universities; most are from middle- and working-class
    backgrounds;

    This survey confirms these findings:
    •Among the Muslims surveyed, 7 percent condoned the
    9/11 attacks. The study terms these the "politically
    radicalized."

    •When asked why they supported the attacks, the radicals
    gave political rather than religious reasons.
    They have a sense of political frustration and feel
    humiliated and threatened by the West.
    Those who opposed the attacks often gave religious
    reasons for doing so.

    •The radicals, on average, are not the down-and-out
    people in society. They are more educated than moderates,
    and two-thirds of radicals have average or above-average
    income. Forty-seven percent supervise others at work.
    They are more optimistic about their own lives than are
    moderates (52 percent to 45 percent).

    •Radicals are no more religious than the general population
    and do not attend mosque more frequently.

    •What distinguishes them is not their perception of Western
    culture or freedoms, but their perception of US policies.
    Even radicals say they support democracy. But 63 percent
    of radicals do not believe that the United States will allow
    people in the region to fashion their own political future
    without direct US influence.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0517/p12s04-wogi.html



    Is Islam compatible with democracy ?


    •Large majorities cite the equal importance of democracy
    and Islam to the quality of life and progress of the
    Muslim world. They see no contradiction between
    democratic values and religious principles.

    •Substantial majorities in nearly all nations say that if
    drafting a new constitution, they would guarantee freedom
    of speech (see chart, below).

    •Most want neither theocracy nor secular democracy
    but a third model in which religious principles and democratic
    values coexist. They want their own democratic model
    that draws on Islamic law as a source.

    I imagine the opinion on 'free speech' is with the exemption
    of hate 'speech' :
    http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0517/p12s05-wogi.html
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    "When authority is given to those who do not deserve it,
    wait for the Day of Judgment."



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