Why Islamic Moderates Are So Scarce

Here’s an article that asks a pretty pertinent question about the GZM imam, Rauf. Is he a “radical,” or the scarier possibility, is he REALLY the “moderate,” mainstream voice of islam that he claims to be?


http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/245415/why-islamic-moderates-are-so-scarce-joshua-gilder

September 2, 2010 4:00 A.M.

Why Islamic Moderates Are So Scarce

It goes back to a ninth-century theological dispute.

Joshua Gilder

As past statements of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf continue to surface, many Americans have concluded that the would-be builder of a mosque at Ground Zero is lying when he calls himself a “moderate” representative of his faith. The more disturbing possibility, however, is that he’s telling the truth — that Rauf is indeed the voice of mainstream Islam.

One indication is the resounding silence from the rest of the Islamic community. If that community were truly moderate — as we in the West understand the term — one might expect it to distance itself from a man who blames the U.S. for the 9/11 attacks, says we have more innocent blood on our hands than al-Qaeda, and refuses to disown the genocidal agenda of Hamas.

A few brave Muslim individuals have indeed come out against the mosque, but they are exceptions. Where are the large numbers of Muslims who find Rauf’s statements offensive? Where are their organizations and institutions? Why aren’t they weighing in to repudiate Rauf and his apparent aims?

It’s a common problem. Each time some new offense is perpetrated in the name of Islam — whether it’s the latest suicide bombing in a public square or a woman’s being beaten and mutilated by her own family — it is mostly Western leaders and the press who voice their disapproval. The more one looks for the larger Muslim community to denounce the violence, the more “moderate Islam” seems to vanish like a mirage in the desert.

(Read complete article HERE)

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