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Published: Saturday, July 5 2014 11:55 p.m. MDT

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Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

I find it so nice to see an positive article about Islam.

Although I am not a member of that faith, I tire of all the negative articles and attempts to paint all Muslims at radicals for political purposes.

Thanks Deseret News

LovelyDeseret
Gilbert, AZ

"the month is to create spiritual cleanliness, sensitivity to the poor and greater spirituality"

I can support that.

Uncle_Fester
Niskayuna, NY

we are at day eight of Ramadan, so far during Ramadan worldwide: Islamic Terror Attacks 52, Suicide Bombings 5, Death toll 322, Wounded 436.

CDL
Los Angeles, CA

It's not about claiming all of Islam as radicals. We know that it is only 25-30% or so that is claimed as being radical. However, that means that many millions are. Then there is the question of why those other 70-75% do not stand up against the radical elements within their own community if they don't agree with the actions of those 'radicals?.' By not doing so they are complicit. Also, their are predominantly two different factions the Sunnis and the Shia who fight each other over philosophical differences. And those battles are not just verbally fought but out right violent. It makes it difficult to believe in the possibility of a peaceful coexistence between western and middle eastern peoples when one does not want a peaceful co-existence, but wants to absorb everyone else or destroy them. There are reasonable concerns.

Frozen Fractals
Salt Lake City, UT

@CDL
"Then there is the question of why those other 70-75% do not stand up against the radical elements within their own community if they don't agree with the actions of those 'radicals?."

Generally they do, just because it's not reported much at all doesn't mean it doesn't happen. What you're asking would be like asking why gun owners don't speak out against murderers.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

CDL wrote:

"It makes it difficult to believe in the possibility of a peaceful coexistence between western and middle eastern peoples when one does not want a peaceful co-existence, but wants to absorb everyone else or destroy them. There are reasonable concerns."

Yes, just as it is reasonable to have concerns about the following:

The LDS Bible Dictionary states:

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the kingdom of God on the earth, but is at the present limited to an ecclesiastical kingdom. During the millennial era, the kingdom of God will be both political and ecclesiastical (see Dan. 7:18, 22, 27; Rev. 11:15; JST Rev. 12:13, 7; D&C 65), and will have worldwide jurisdiction in political realms when the Lord has made a full end of all nations (D&C 87:).

And what happens if you do not believe in Mormonism?

D&C 1:14

"and the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off..."

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

No doubt, like with those who gave Christianity a bad name in the Middle-ages, there are many who abuse Islam as well and justify the blood shed as driven by heaven.

We should be grateful for those who use the faith as an avenue towards peace and hope that we prevail against the other factions.

BU52
Provo, ut

I once heard a wise man say: "If you put two religious groups together they will do one of three things, kill the other, convert the other, or ignore the other." Dang human nature. I feel bad for the Muslims this year as Ramadan falls during the longest days of the year-that's some extended fasting.

Rustymommy
Clovis, NM

@ CDL: Mormonism states that Jesus Christ will rule over the entire world. All of Christianity believes that Jesus Christ will rule over the entire earth. Judaism also believes that a Messiah will rule over the entire earth. Islam likewise holds out the same hopes for Allah. So while you are implying that Mormons are narrow minded and contributing to the lack of world peace, are you also saying the same about Christians, Jews, and Muslims? If not, you are presenting a very biased view of where the problem lies.

Meanwhile, a significant portion of Muslims sympathize with radical views which involve terrorism. I agree that it would be nice if mainstream Muslims could control the radicals within their ranks. But it would also be nice if everybody could control bad behavior within their own ranks. Most criminals sitting in prison would not be there if somebody else had been able to control them. According to your view, if you have an arsonist in your extended family, you obviously condone arsonists. NOT SO!! Many hearts are broken by idiots of all religious groups. Hopefully many believers of Islam do not condone terrorism anymore than most people condone criminal behavior.

TimBehrend
Auckland NZ, 00

@CDL
Most academic sources give a figure of around 7% for the proportion of Muslims who, based on years of surveys, consider armed attacks against 'Western' targets (such as 9-11) to be justified. Your 25-30% only appears in highly tendentious anti-Muslim sources. I suspect that when you want to learn something about the LDS church and its members, if offered a choice of (a) materials produced by the church and its supporters, (b) materials produced by academic scholars, and (c) materials prepared by people who hate Mormonism and want to undermine it you would prefer (a) and (b) type sources over (c). Here you seem to be a producer and supporter of type (c) materials about Muslims.

TimBehrend
Auckland NZ, 00

@ulvegaard: ...like with those who gave Christianity a bad name in the Middle-ages, there are many who abuse Islam as well and justify the blood shed as driven by heaven.

You should know that the bad name of Christianity isn't limited to the Middle Ages for many people. It continues through the slaughter and exploitation of New World peoples, the whole history of slavery, imperialism, colonialism, and into the holocausts, chemical and nuclear destruction wrought by Christian nations in the 20th century. If you read Islamist literature (for example, OBL's open letters to the American people), you know that the basis of the critique is political.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...So while you are implying that Mormons are narrow minded and contributing to the lack of world peace, are you also saying the same about Christians...".

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints are Christians.

Right?

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

DNA in a person has a lot to do with what their pron to be. like an Alcoholic is pron to kill himself by drinking it's not s faze he goes through. But some things are just a faze that we go through and grow out of. War is a Faze, and we'll grow out of it. It will take methods like these people are doing to keep the Dream alive that You Mater.

chiksika
Hyrum, UT

The mind has no switches. Most religions encourage conformity 24/7.

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