>Not to be rude (since that's what started this, the idea of politeness),
>but do you KNOW any muslims, or are you just getting this 2nd hand? I
>happen to be learning Arabic from a muslim, and he is quite well educated,
>liberal, and willing to discuss anything I ask. Is he an anomoly?
This is consistent with my experience. I've known (and even dated on
occasion) many muslims and they have always come across as a well-educated
and thoughtful people. In many ways, the American media does not do them
or their culture justice, choosing to show the more fringe and extreme
individuals who profess to represent that religion. It would be akin to
using the Hayden Lake crowd as the representatives of American
Christianity. Or Hollywood to represent American society and culture.
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