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Subject:  Re: We have a winner! Date:  10/27/2002  2:24 PM
Author:  jiml8 Number:  201227 of 2322112

I'm wondering about the groupthink aspect of all this.

Is the average peace-loving, law-abiding Muslim any more or less responsible for the acts of Muslim criminals than the average, peace-loving, law-abiding Christian is responsible for the criminal acts of Christian criminals.

Maybe "responsible" is the wrong word. But why all the calls for "good Muslims" to denounce "bad Muslims" in these cases. Does anyone call for "good Christians" to publically denounce "bad Christians" and then imply if they don't do so loudly enough then they too are suspect? We don't typically require "good Christians" to prove their goodness. We take it as a given.

In this country, at least, christians or christian-descended are a clear majority. Therefore, such breast beating serves no purpose.

In this nation, muslims are a small minority and are not well understood by the majority. Also at this time, muslims may be perceived as dangerous. It is therefore incumbent upon them to make sure the fear and anger is properly focused.

Right or wrong, fair or unfair, have nothing to do with it. The reality is that this is the situation.
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