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Published: Thursday, July 10 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, July 10 2014 11:50 a.m. MDT

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marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

"It’s appropriate and normal for young people to turn to religion for answers. These various programs are helping young Muslims recognize that Salafism and other radical variants of Islam are not the only available outlets for religious engagement. These welcome efforts demonstrate that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

I think you miss a critical issue with Islam, and that is the low status of women in all variants of Islam. Abuse of women is rife in Islamic countries, with no legal remedies. This imbalance makes Islam unacceptable across the board in an enlightened age, and it makes it susceptible to extremism.

And BTW your assertions of religious freedom are going to get a real test when Islamist numbers grow.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

This editorial bothers me. Although I agree that extreme Islamists have wreaked havoc across the world, I wonder whether government should control religion or even whether government should advocate against one religion or for another?

The editorial said: "Germany launched a national hotline for people who are worried that neighbors are engaged in Islamic radicalism." The next sentence told us that the callers were referred to agencies outside the government. Is that the pattern that we want to follow? If the Obama administration had a hotline that anyone could call to complain about YOUR religion, what would you think?

Religion is between the person and the God he worships. The way to combat false teachings is to send out missionaries who have a truthful message and to use social media to point the way to the truth. That seems to be the method the Lord uses. He has not found a need to involve governments.

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

I have kind of Mike Richards' thoughts I suppose. The idea of a program such as this is interesting, if it's a private sector initiative with voluntary participation. As soon as you pull a governing body into it, you just get trouble.

TheProudDuck
Newport Beach, CA

The world would be better off, overall, if the relationship between the Near East and Islam became similar to the relationship between Europe and Christianity.

Discuss.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

IMO having a hot-line we can use to turn in our neighbors we are concerned about, is a bad idea. We already had this in Nazi Germany, and Cuba, and look how it turned out! Just ask the refugees from those regimes...

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

We all agree that some people are terrorists and that they use religion to justify their action. I think that the question we have to ask is whether religion caused those actions or whether religion was an excuse for those actions. It seems like a very simple concept to show what a region teaches and then to show how some people have twisted that doctrine into something else. When people see the comparisons, side by side, they can see for themselves how "priestcraft" is being practiced. When people fully realize that their religion has been hijacked by extremists, they can correct the problem by exposing those who have corrupted their doctrine.

Life is conplex. Easy answers are hard to find. Impostors need to be exposed and excommunicated.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Maybe we should define "religious extremism" first.

Is it only people who think it's OK to kill if their God tells them to kill? Or is it anybody who's more extreme or more devout than YOU are?

In Communist Russia and Germany ANY religion was considered to be "Extreme". And we had crackdowns on ALL religions. My inlaws parents immigrated from Germany. I've been typing their life history, and they had to hide to worship. And they had to hide the missionaries. If they were caught... it would have been VERY bad for them. For that generation in Germany... ANY religion was "too Extreme"... Are WE going there gradually???

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