My wife and I had a fascinating discussion with a dutch lady from a non religious background who whilst travelling the world for 5 years discovered Islamic faith in Malaysia, she is now a devout Muslim with a son in my daughters class. Explaining her faith was very interesting - albeit this atheist was not tempted. Her belief and examples from the Koran she showed us, that Islam is not inherently abhorrent, were very powerful. Her point that it's the interpretation that causes radical interpretations were well made and I utterly agree with. I have spent a few years in Malaysia and I agree it is a very stable very tolerant society, I have also spent time in the middle east and especially in Saudi Arabia that cannot be said of such lands.
It was very nice to know such a highly educated moralistic and thoroughly open minded Dutch Islamic woman. All of my Muslim friends are like this, it's just a pity the extremists are making life uncomfortable for these people. Mind you the same can be said for all religious extremists they are the bane for the rest. As Clinton says never trust anyone who says they have the only solution! As these types always do
Mind you as she left I had the same thought I have when all religious people I know leave, ''maybe one god is one too many''. Once an atheist always an atheist I guess.
Does that make me an extremest -
hmm interesting rhetoric