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Quote Matt Browne Replybullet Posted: 16 January 2013 at 5:10am
I agree with Schmikbob. What happened is a terrible hate crime that should be prosecuted as such. We should not interpret it as a national assault on Islam.

I resent the use of the word 'islamophobic'. A phobia is a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous. But the fear of political Islam and the Sharia is a very rational thing. The dangers are real. Non-Muslims believe in the equality of all human beings. We insist on the separation of religion from state and the observance of universal human rights.

When a hurricane approaches and the authorities ask people to evacuate this should be taken seriously. A devastating hurricane should be feared. Such fear is a good thing and not a phobia.

Any ideology that threatens freedom should be feared. Such fear is a good thing and not a phobia.

The vast majority of people are not afraid of Islam as a faith.

A religion that's intolerant of other religions can't be the world's best religion --Abdel Samad
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people--Eleanor Roosevelt
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