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eha_anis
May you read my article please? I know it has nothing to do with this group but it may open your mind about something that you don't know
Islam Misunderstood throughout the World
James A. Bill (professor of government and director of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia) writes - 'By the turn of the century, for the first time in history, the number of Muslims (those who practice Islam) will have surpassed the number of Christians in the world.

Islam is a monotheistic religion, civilization and way of life now practiced by 1.1 billion people. Easily the world's fastest growing religion, Islam is not confined to the Middle East. It is a truly universal force. More Muslims live in America today than all the Presbyterians and Episcopalians put together.

There are more than 1,200 mosques in the United States and 1000 mosques in England, where the Muslim community has established its own national parliament. There are more Muslims in Indonesia than in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia put together. More live in Malaysia than in Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait combined. Nearly 20 million Muslims live in China.

Wherever one looks, Islam is on the move. As the people of many societies find themselves rootless, disconnected and alienated, they increasingly seek help in a comforting Islamic ideological refuge. In a world of incoherent violence, widening inequities, political corruption and shattered families, many are massing behind the green flag of Islam. This is essentially a populist movement, a bubbling up from below, a march of the distressed, the dispossessed and the oppressed. ....

… Although the great bulk of Muslims seek to improve their status through quiet, moderate and pacific means, violent methods have been adopted by fringe groups-elements also present in Christianity and Judaism. Oblivious to their own profound ignorance and often harboring crude political motivations, many Western opinion leaders consistently label all Muslims with words such as 'aggressive', 'militant' and 'uncivilized'. Islam is the 'religion of the sword'; Muslim activists are 'terrorists,' and Muslims countries that challenge Western policies are 'outlaw states'.

Muslims themselves maintain quite a different worldview. It is in the deepest interest of the United States to attempt to understand this perspective. In brief, Muslims see themselves as the afflicted, not the afflictors; they feel themselves desperately on the defensive, not on the offensive; they consider themselves the objects of violence, not the initiators of violence. In sum, Muslims across the world consider themselves victims. In support of their position, Muslims will take their Christian and Jewish neighbors on a quick tour of the world. They inevitably begin with Bosnia, where nearly 200,000 Muslims have been slaughtered by Serbian Christians. Muslims are horrified and sickened by the fact that 22,000 Muslim women, aged 9 to 82, have been raped by Christian troopers. Muslims wonder privately about the weak and very late Western response.

In Kashmir, Indian occupying forces violently oppress Muslims, killing thousands of Kashmiris. Elsewhere in India in December 1992 and January 1993, violent Hindu mobs went on a rampage in Bombay, killing over 800 Muslims, destroying 5000 Muslim homes and forcing 200,000 Muslims to flee the city. Mosques were firebombed and mothers watched as their sons were pulled from their homes and slain or burned alive. In Tajikstan and other places in Central Asia, the Communists have made a comeback and, with the help of Russian troops, have attacked and killed more than 20,000 Muslims. Another 350,000 have been forced to flee.

Even in China, Muslims find themselves under heavy military pressure. Chinese troops oppress Muslims in the western province of Xinjiang.

In Algeria, when the Islamists scored a surprise victory in the December 1991 elections, the regime declared the election null and void. Since then, Algeria has been the scene of a bloody civil war. The government blames Islamic fundamentalists of striking terror in the very same areas where they had received majority of votes from. The governments explanation of fundamentalists unleashing waves of terror in their own strongholds, sounds very plausible indeed and casts shadows of dound over the credentials of the secular government instead.

A vicious cycle of misunderstanding, misguided policy and increasing violence has been set in motion. Before this vicious cycle begins to spin wildly out of control, it is essential that non-Muslims make a major effort to slow it down. Such an effort will, as the very first step, require that stereotypes be discarded.

Second, recent history shows that the application of force is not always an effective way of countering a system of deeply held ideas and beliefs. The steady flame of resurgent Islam will not be extinguished by the breeze of bullets or the blast of missiles. A recently published report in Washington Post, confirms Islam to be the fastest growing religion in the United States despite hostile government policies and negative media stereotyping, only goes on to prove the truth of this statement. It is time for everyone to take a crash course on Islam. More recently, CNN too published a report, first of US kind ever done in this part of the World, titled as: Islam in US - Growing and maturing

For more information about Islam :
http://www.freewebtown.com/alsalam/1.html


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Re: Islam Misunderstood throughout the World

Bill "Slam" Dunkus
Mr. Anis
Since this group is truely a "Global" one, I do not know from where you
write. I assume it is from outside of the United States although I could
certainly be mistaken.
First off, Hindus, Krishnas, Buddists, Jews, Christians and every other body
of faith are all misunderstood throughout the world. Your coming to realize
that there are people in the world who slant Islam from a position of their
own ignorrance to conform to a twisted and incorrect view is honorable. It
shows you to be a thinker coming to maturity. However, I'm reading in your
essay that you believe that the answer for worldwide peace is for everyone
else to study and embrace Islam. If you are correct, wouldn't it also hold
true if everyone in the world would unite under any of the afore mentioned
religions? Doesn't that suggestion on it's face bring with it a certain
level of hostility to the faiths and belief systems of others? Food for
thought at least.
As for the United States, we are engaging underground paramilitary
organizations around the world who are well financed, well equipped and
highly motivated and have clearly and publicly laid out their objective as
death to Americans, our culture and way of life as a whole. It matters not
whether they are Hindu, Krishna, Buddist, Jew, Christian or Muslim. They
have declared themselves to be enemies of American's and America has now
joined the fight. We waited long to engage this enemy but it is not
optional, we must do so now and continue to do so whenever and wherever they
pop up for as long as groups bent on our total annihilation exist.
Now then, can we get back to discussions of ignition timing, jetting and oil
leaks?
I love that stuff !
Slam Dunkus

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May you read my article please? I know it has nothing to do with this group
but it may open your mind about something that you don't know
Islam Misunderstood throughout the World
James A. Bill (professor of government and director of the Reves Center for
International Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia)
writes - 'By the turn of the century, for the first time in history, the
number of Muslims (those who practice Islam) will have surpassed the number
of Christians in the world.

Islam is a monotheistic religion, civilization and way of life now practiced
by 1.1 billion people. Easily the world's fastest growing religion, Islam is
not confined to the Middle East. It is a truly universal force. More Muslims
live in America today than all the Presbyterians and Episcopalians put
together.

There are more than 1,200 mosques in the United States and 1000 mosques in
England, where the Muslim community has established its own national
parliament. There are more Muslims in Indonesia than in Egypt, Iran, Iraq,
Syria and Saudi Arabia put together. More live in Malaysia than in Jordan,
Lebanon and Kuwait combined. Nearly 20 million Muslims live in China.

Wherever one looks, Islam is on the move. As the people of many societies
find themselves rootless, disconnected and alienated, they increasingly seek
help in a comforting Islamic ideological refuge. In a world of incoherent
violence, widening inequities, political corruption and shattered families,
many are massing behind the green flag of Islam. This is essentially a
populist movement, a bubbling up from below, a march of the distressed, the
dispossessed and the oppressed. ....

. Although the great bulk of Muslims seek to improve their status through
quiet, moderate and pacific means, violent methods have been adopted by
fringe groups-elements also present in Christianity and Judaism. Oblivious
to their own profound ignorance and often harboring crude political
motivations, many Western opinion leaders consistently label all Muslims
with words such as 'aggressive', 'militant' and 'uncivilized'. Islam is the
'religion of the sword'; Muslim activists are 'terrorists,' and Muslims
countries that challenge Western policies are 'outlaw states'.

Muslims themselves maintain quite a different worldview. It is in the
deepest interest of the United States to attempt to understand this
perspective. In brief, Muslims see themselves as the afflicted, not the
afflictors; they feel themselves desperately on the defensive, not on the
offensive; they consider themselves the objects of violence, not the
initiators of violence. In sum, Muslims across the world consider themselves
victims. In support of their position, Muslims will take their Christian and
Jewish neighbors on a quick tour of the world. They inevitably begin with
Bosnia, where nearly 200,000 Muslims have been slaughtered by Serbian
Christians. Muslims are horrified and sickened by the fact that 22,000
Muslim women, aged 9 to 82, have been raped by Christian troopers. Muslims
wonder privately about the weak and very late Western response.

In Kashmir, Indian occupying forces violently oppress Muslims, killing
thousands of Kashmiris. Elsewhere in India in December 1992 and January
1993, violent Hindu mobs went on a rampage in Bombay, killing over 800
Muslims, destroying 5000 Muslim homes and forcing 200,000 Muslims to flee
the city. Mosques were firebombed and mothers watched as their sons were
pulled from their homes and slain or burned alive. In Tajikstan and other
places in Central Asia, the Communists have made a comeback and, with the
help of Russian troops, have attacked and killed more than 20,000 Muslims.
Another 350,000 have been forced to flee.

Even in China, Muslims find themselves under heavy military pressure.
Chinese troops oppress Muslims in the western province of Xinjiang.

In Algeria, when the Islamists scored a surprise victory in the December
1991 elections, the regime declared the election null and void. Since then,
Algeria has been the scene of a bloody civil war. The government blames
Islamic fundamentalists of striking terror in the very same areas where they
had received majority of votes from. The governments explanation of
fundamentalists unleashing waves of terror in their own strongholds, sounds
very plausible indeed and casts shadows of dound over the credentials of the
secular government instead.

A vicious cycle of misunderstanding, misguided policy and increasing
violence has been set in motion. Before this vicious cycle begins to spin
wildly out of control, it is essential that non-Muslims make a major effort
to slow it down. Such an effort will, as the very first step, require that
stereotypes be discarded.

Second, recent history shows that the application of force is not always an
effective way of countering a system of deeply held ideas and beliefs. The
steady flame of resurgent Islam will not be extinguished by the breeze of
bullets or the blast of missiles. A recently published report in Washington
Post, confirms Islam to be the fastest growing religion in the United States
despite hostile government policies and negative media stereotyping, only
goes on to prove the truth of this statement. It is time for everyone to
take a crash course on Islam. More recently, CNN too published a report,
first of US kind ever done in this part of the World, titled as: Islam in
US - Growing and maturing

For more information about Islam :
http://www.freewebtown.com/alsalam/1.html


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Anis:
   
  You have just add another Muslim stereotype--they don't observe newsgroup etiquette.  Please respect our forums and center your discussion on topics pertinent to the group.
   
  Thanks, Jon

eha_anis <[hidden email]> wrote:
  May you read my article please? I know it has nothing to do with this group but it may open your mind about something that you don't know
Islam Misunderstood throughout the World
James A. Bill (professor of government and director of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia) writes - 'By the turn of the century, for the first time in history, the number of Muslims (those who practice Islam) will have surpassed the number of Christians in the world.

Islam is a monotheistic religion, civilization and way of life now practiced by 1.1 billion people. Easily the world's fastest growing religion, Islam is not confined to the Middle East. It is a truly universal force. More Muslims live in America today than all the Presbyterians and Episcopalians put together.

There are more than 1,200 mosques in the United States and 1000 mosques in England, where the Muslim community has established its own national parliament. There are more Muslims in Indonesia than in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia put together. More live in Malaysia than in Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait combined. Nearly 20 million Muslims live in China.

Wherever one looks, Islam is on the move. As the people of many societies find themselves rootless, disconnected and alienated, they increasingly seek help in a comforting Islamic ideological refuge. In a world of incoherent violence, widening inequities, political corruption and shattered families, many are massing behind the green flag of Islam. This is essentially a populist movement, a bubbling up from below, a march of the distressed, the dispossessed and the oppressed. ....

… Although the great bulk of Muslims seek to improve their status through quiet, moderate and pacific means, violent methods have been adopted by fringe groups-elements also present in Christianity and Judaism. Oblivious to their own profound ignorance and often harboring crude political motivations, many Western opinion leaders consistently label all Muslims with words such as 'aggressive', 'militant' and 'uncivilized'. Islam is the 'religion of the sword'; Muslim activists are 'terrorists,' and Muslims countries that challenge Western policies are 'outlaw states'.

Muslims themselves maintain quite a different worldview. It is in the deepest interest of the United States to attempt to understand this perspective. In brief, Muslims see themselves as the afflicted, not the afflictors; they feel themselves desperately on the defensive, not on the offensive; they consider themselves the objects of violence, not the initiators of violence. In sum, Muslims across the world consider themselves victims. In support of their position, Muslims will take their Christian and Jewish neighbors on a quick tour of the world. They inevitably begin with Bosnia, where nearly 200,000 Muslims have been slaughtered by Serbian Christians. Muslims are horrified and sickened by the fact that 22,000 Muslim women, aged 9 to 82, have been raped by Christian troopers. Muslims wonder privately about the weak and very late Western response.

In Kashmir, Indian occupying forces violently oppress Muslims, killing thousands of Kashmiris. Elsewhere in India in December 1992 and January 1993, violent Hindu mobs went on a rampage in Bombay, killing over 800 Muslims, destroying 5000 Muslim homes and forcing 200,000 Muslims to flee the city. Mosques were firebombed and mothers watched as their sons were pulled from their homes and slain or burned alive. In Tajikstan and other places in Central Asia, the Communists have made a comeback and, with the help of Russian troops, have attacked and killed more than 20,000 Muslims. Another 350,000 have been forced to flee.

Even in China, Muslims find themselves under heavy military pressure. Chinese troops oppress Muslims in the western province of Xinjiang.

In Algeria, when the Islamists scored a surprise victory in the December 1991 elections, the regime declared the election null and void. Since then, Algeria has been the scene of a bloody civil war. The government blames Islamic fundamentalists of striking terror in the very same areas where they had received majority of votes from. The governments explanation of fundamentalists unleashing waves of terror in their own strongholds, sounds very plausible indeed and casts shadows of dound over the credentials of the secular government instead.

A vicious cycle of misunderstanding, misguided policy and increasing violence has been set in motion. Before this vicious cycle begins to spin wildly out of control, it is essential that non-Muslims make a major effort to slow it down. Such an effort will, as the very first step, require that stereotypes be discarded.

Second, recent history shows that the application of force is not always an effective way of countering a system of deeply held ideas and beliefs. The steady flame of resurgent Islam will not be extinguished by the breeze of bullets or the blast of missiles. A recently published report in Washington Post, confirms Islam to be the fastest growing religion in the United States despite hostile government policies and negative media stereotyping, only goes on to prove the truth of this statement. It is time for everyone to take a crash course on Islam. More recently, CNN too published a report, first of US kind ever done in this part of the World, titled as: Islam in US - Growing and maturing

For more information about Islam :
http://www.freewebtown.com/alsalam/1.html


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R HILS
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Every religion can claims persecution at one time or another. Personally I
feel the world and this newsgroup would be better off without religion.

History/war past and present written with the blood of religions killing in
the name of their god, bent on forcing their brand on others, claiming their
god to be the true god, their way the only way.

Even within Islam, Suni kill Shia, Shia kill Suni, fanatics justify anything
and end up killing innocents all for the promise of 75 virgins.

Here we are free to practice any religion or none. Hundreds of different
religions peacfully co-exist with virtually no bloodshed,. many believe in
their god without the need of a pope, iotolla, or preacher to brainwash
them.

When the rest of the world and Islam gets as tolerant of other
religions....or better individual freedom as we are I'll begin listen to how
"misunderstood" they think they are.

Randy


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May you read my article please? I know it has nothing to do with this group
but it may open your mind about something that you don't know
Islam Misunderstood throughout the World
James A. Bill (professor of government and director of the Reves Center for
International Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia)
writes - 'By the turn of the century, for the first time in history, the
number of Muslims (those who practice Islam) will have surpassed the number
of Christians in the world.

Islam is a monotheistic religion, civilization and way of life now practiced
by 1.1 billion people. Easily the world's fastest growing religion, Islam is
not confined to the Middle East. It is a truly universal force. More Muslims
live in America today than all the Presbyterians and Episcopalians put
together.

There are more than 1,200 mosques in the United States and 1000 mosques in
England, where the Muslim community has established its own national
parliament. There are more Muslims in Indonesia than in Egypt, Iran, Iraq,
Syria and Saudi Arabia put together. More live in Malaysia than in Jordan,
Lebanon and Kuwait combined. Nearly 20 million Muslims live in China.

Wherever one looks, Islam is on the move. As the people of many societies
find themselves rootless, disconnected and alienated, they increasingly seek
help in a comforting Islamic ideological refuge. In a world of incoherent
violence, widening inequities, political corruption and shattered families,
many are massing behind the green flag of Islam. This is essentially a
populist movement, a bubbling up from below, a march of the distressed, the
dispossessed and the oppressed. ....

. Although the great bulk of Muslims seek to improve their status through
quiet, moderate and pacific means, violent methods have been adopted by
fringe groups-elements also present in Christianity and Judaism. Oblivious
to their own profound ignorance and often harboring crude political
motivations, many Western opinion leaders consistently label all Muslims
with words such as 'aggressive', 'militant' and 'uncivilized'. Islam is the
'religion of the sword'; Muslim activists are 'terrorists,' and Muslims
countries that challenge Western policies are 'outlaw states'.

Muslims themselves maintain quite a different worldview. It is in the
deepest interest of the United States to attempt to understand this
perspective. In brief, Muslims see themselves as the afflicted, not the
afflictors; they feel themselves desperately on the defensive, not on the
offensive; they consider themselves the objects of violence, not the
initiators of violence. In sum, Muslims across the world consider themselves
victims. In support of their position, Muslims will take their Christian and
Jewish neighbors on a quick tour of the world. They inevitably begin with
Bosnia, where nearly 200,000 Muslims have been slaughtered by Serbian
Christians. Muslims are horrified and sickened by the fact that 22,000
Muslim women, aged 9 to 82, have been raped by Christian troopers. Muslims
wonder privately about the weak and very late Western response.

In Kashmir, Indian occupying forces violently oppress Muslims, killing
thousands of Kashmiris. Elsewhere in India in December 1992 and January
1993, violent Hindu mobs went on a rampage in Bombay, killing over 800
Muslims, destroying 5000 Muslim homes and forcing 200,000 Muslims to flee
the city. Mosques were firebombed and mothers watched as their sons were
pulled from their homes and slain or burned alive. In Tajikstan and other
places in Central Asia, the Communists have made a comeback and, with the
help of Russian troops, have attacked and killed more than 20,000 Muslims.
Another 350,000 have been forced to flee.

Even in China, Muslims find themselves under heavy military pressure.
Chinese troops oppress Muslims in the western province of Xinjiang.

In Algeria, when the Islamists scored a surprise victory in the December
1991 elections, the regime declared the election null and void. Since then,
Algeria has been the scene of a bloody civil war. The government blames
Islamic fundamentalists of striking terror in the very same areas where they
had received majority of votes from. The governments explanation of
fundamentalists unleashing waves of terror in their own strongholds, sounds
very plausible indeed and casts shadows of dound over the credentials of the
secular government instead.

A vicious cycle of misunderstanding, misguided policy and increasing
violence has been set in motion. Before this vicious cycle begins to spin
wildly out of control, it is essential that non-Muslims make a major effort
to slow it down. Such an effort will, as the very first step, require that
stereotypes be discarded.

Second, recent history shows that the application of force is not always an
effective way of countering a system of deeply held ideas and beliefs. The
steady flame of resurgent Islam will not be extinguished by the breeze of
bullets or the blast of missiles. A recently published report in Washington
Post, confirms Islam to be the fastest growing religion in the United States
despite hostile government policies and negative media stereotyping, only
goes on to prove the truth of this statement. It is time for everyone to
take a crash course on Islam. More recently, CNN too published a report,
first of US kind ever done in this part of the World, titled as: Islam in
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For more information about Islam :
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 Islam is not misunderstood throughout the world. Most reasonable
people understand only too well the threat posed by a religion based
on violent proselytizing the subjugation of women.






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It sounds like your timing is too retarded.


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   It's a good point that you make about retarded timing. Do you think
the automatic advance is stuck at about 622?  


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Re: Islam Misunderstood throughout the World

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From: jon
Date: 12/29/05 00:04:37
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Subject: Re: [Enfield] Islam Misunderstood throughout the World
 
Surely there must be a muslim forum somewhere please get on it and off this
one

eha_anis <[hidden email]> wrote:
  May you read my article please? I know it has nothing to do with this
group but it may open your mind about something that you don't know
Islam Misunderstood throughout the World
James A. Bill (professor of government and director of the Reves Center for
International Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia) writes
- 'By the turn of the century, for the first time in history, the number of
Muslims (those who practice Islam) will have surpassed the number of
Christians in the world.

Islam is a monotheistic religion, civilization and way of life now practiced
by 1.1 billion people. Easily the world's fastest growing religion, Islam is
not confined to the Middle East. It is a truly universal force. More Muslims
live in America today than all the Presbyterians and Episcopalians put
together.

There are more than 1,200 mosques in the United States and 1000 mosques in
England, where the Muslim community has established its own national
parliament. There are more Muslims in Indonesia than in Egypt, Iran, Iraq,
Syria and Saudi Arabia put together. More live in Malaysia than in Jordan,
Lebanon and Kuwait combined. Nearly 20 million Muslims live in China.

Wherever one looks, Islam is on the move. As the people of many societies
find themselves rootless, disconnected and alienated, they increasingly seek
help in a comforting Islamic ideological refuge. In a world of incoherent
violence, widening inequities, political corruption and shattered families,
many are massing behind the green flag of Islam. This is essentially a
populist movement, a bubbling up from below, a march of the distressed, the
dispossessed and the oppressed. ....

… Although the great bulk of Muslims seek to improve their status through
quiet, moderate and pacific means, violent methods have been adopted by
fringe groups-elements also present in Christianity and Judaism. Oblivious
to their own profound ignorance and often harboring crude political
motivations, many Western opinion leaders consistently label all Muslims
with words such as 'aggressive', 'militant' and 'uncivilized'. Islam is the
religion of the sword'; Muslim activists are 'terrorists,' and Muslims
countries that challenge Western policies are 'outlaw states'.

Muslims themselves maintain quite a different worldview. It is in the
deepest interest of the United States to attempt to understand this
perspective. In brief, Muslims see themselves as the afflicted, not the
afflictors; they feel themselves desperately on the defensive, not on the
offensive; they consider themselves the objects of violence, not the
initiators of violence. In sum, Muslims across the world consider themselves
victims. In support of their position, Muslims will take their Christian and
Jewish neighbors on a quick tour of the world. They inevitably begin with
Bosnia, where nearly 200,000 Muslims have been slaughtered by Serbian
Christians. Muslims are horrified and sickened by the fact that 22,000
Muslim women, aged 9 to 82, have been raped by Christian troopers. Muslims
wonder privately about the weak and very late Western response.

In Kashmir, Indian occupying forces violently oppress Muslims, killing
thousands of Kashmiris. Elsewhere in India in December 1992 and January 1993
 violent Hindu mobs went on a rampage in Bombay, killing over 800 Muslims,
destroying 5000 Muslim homes and forcing 200,000 Muslims to flee the city.
Mosques were firebombed and mothers watched as their sons were pulled from
their homes and slain or burned alive. In Tajikstan and other places in
Central Asia, the Communists have made a comeback and, with the help of
Russian troops, have attacked and killed more than 20,000 Muslims. Another
350,000 have been forced to flee.

Even in China, Muslims find themselves under heavy military pressure.
Chinese troops oppress Muslims in the western province of Xinjiang.

In Algeria, when the Islamists scored a surprise victory in the December
1991 elections, the regime declared the election null and void. Since then,
Algeria has been the scene of a bloody civil war. The government blames
Islamic fundamentalists of striking terror in the very same areas where they
had received majority of votes from. The governments explanation of
fundamentalists unleashing waves of terror in their own strongholds, sounds
very plausible indeed and casts shadows of dound over the credentials of the
secular government instead.

A vicious cycle of misunderstanding, misguided policy and increasing
violence has been set in motion. Before this vicious cycle begins to spin
wildly out of control, it is essential that non-Muslims make a major effort
to slow it down. Such an effort will, as the very first step, require that
stereotypes be discarded.

Second, recent history shows that the application of force is not always an
effective way of countering a system of deeply held ideas and beliefs. The
steady flame of resurgent Islam will not be extinguished by the breeze of
bullets or the blast of missiles. A recently published report in Washington
Post, confirms Islam to be the fastest growing religion in the United States
despite hostile government policies and negative media stereotyping, only
goes on to prove the truth of this statement. It is time for everyone to
take a crash course on Islam. More recently, CNN too published a report,
first of US kind ever done in this part of the World, titled as: Islam in US
- Growing and maturing

For more information about Islam :
http://www.freewebtown.com/alsalam/1.html


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*OTY!* on violent proselytizing the subjugation of women

Pete Snidal
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>  Islam is not misunderstood throughout the world. Most reasonable
>people understand only too well the threat posed by a religion based
>on violent proselytizing the subjugation of women.

    I can't help wondering to which of the many valid candidates he's
referring...



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