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Published: Saturday, June 29 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Joan Watson

Such a tangled webb that weaves unwinable and impossible situations.

Provo, UT

Please continue the discussion and explain the Taliban and Muslim Brotherhood connections.


An excellent discussion and clarification of the differences between these two factions of Islam.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Insightful and informative. Thanks.

Richland, WA

So is this a sort of Hatfields vs. McCoys feud, where the two sides arr more similar to rach otger than to anyone else, and the dispute is more a grudge match rather than a debate? Do peopke in one faction ever join the other one? Are they allowed to?

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

All sides see themselves as the guardians of the original pure and undefiled tradition to be preserved and passed on to future generations. Sounds eerily familiar to something closer to home.

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

Yeah, Craig, but I don't see many Christians beheading or blowing up their rivals. Eerily familiar indeed.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

More eerie than Christians care to consider, Coach. Christianity had almost a 600 year head start on Islam. We'll never know for sure how many the Church burned at the stake for being witches, heretics, blasphemers, etc. or how many bloody massacres were committed in the name of the Christian Church.

Provo, UT

I would welcome a discussion of key doctrinal differences between the schismatic halves. Self-mortification in memory of Hussein's martyrdom and variant forms of marriage come to mind. Perhaps more importantly, I'd like to hear more about the implications of those differences for the conflicts we hear about. Do doctrinal differences really matter, or is it all about power and influence at this point?

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO


"....Do doctrinal differences really matter, or is it all about power and influence at this point?...."

Terrific question. I'm not sure you can ever separate out the two when the selfish human ego impulse to control the message begins to obscure the message itself. Doctrinal purity may be what all sides insist it's about but there's more to it than what shows on the surface.

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