Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Other Voices From the Muslim World

Selected quotes from an AP story running on Breitbart:
"Islam says it's all right to demonstrate but not to resort to violence. This must stop," said senior cleric Mohammed Usman, a member of the Ulama Council — Afghanistan's top Islamic organization. "We condemn the cartoons but this does not justify violence. These rioters are defaming the name of Islam."
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Other members of the council went on radio and television Wednesday to appeal for calm. It followed a statement released Tuesday by the United Nations, European Union and the world's largest Islamic group urging an end to violence. (emphasis added)
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Indonesia's foreign minister said Wednesday that radical groups around the world were exploiting public anger over the cartoons. "The cartoons have hurt the Islamic community, so it has added to ammunition for (global) radical groups to exploit the situation and the whole thing has got out of proportion," Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda told reporters.
When bloggers and pundits think about painting Islam with the broad black brush of extremism, I hope they will take this into account. Sure, it doesn't fit the Handy Islamic Template, but these guys are smarter than that. Aren't they?
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