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Steve Chapman: 'Moderate Muslim' is not an oxymoron | WashingtonExaminer.com

I've been saying this for years. I live in a neighborhood full of displaced Bosnian Muslims. They bought a failed Savings & Loan stand-alone building and made it a mosque, rehabbing the building and increasing its property value. They've opened businesses to serve their community in which non-Bosnian, non-Muslims are welcome to trade. They adopted the American custom of Hallowe'en and give out candy like any other adults in this neighborhood do.

Number of potentially violent incidents ascribable to Muslims against their Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Pagan neighbors? One, and it was a case of teen-age punks being teen-age punks, with no religious basis whatsoever. No violence actually occurred.

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From:fredxmertz
Date:March 8th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
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(Some) Christians are among the most violent extremists.
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From:davidkevin
Date:March 10th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
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Let's please remember that the violent ones there are a minority, too -- and certainly nobody in this neighborhood. Christians as a class are no more violent here than Muslims. This was a very Catholic neighborhood in my youth, less so now.

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From:retro_rider55
Date:March 8th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Next time anyone says 'there's no such thing' clout them one, then show them a picture of a cross burning on some hapless victim's lawn & say "This is Christianity."...
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From:davidkevin
Date:March 10th, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Let's please remember that the violent ones there are a minority, too -- and certainly nobody in this neighborhood. Christians as a class are no more violent here than Muslims. This was a very Catholic neighborhood in my youth, less so now.

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From:mazal_
Date:March 10th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
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I hope no one has committed hostilities against the mosque or its members.
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From:davidkevin
Date:March 10th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
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I haven't been aware of any. There was some controversy about whether they would announce the calls to prayer on a speaker, but I don't think they do -- we have ubiquitous clocks now, and people don't need to be called, any more than Catholics at the church a block away need the call to prayer that bells represent.

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