Honestly, I'm affected far more by the American religous right/moral majority (although they really aren't a majority... maybe a plurality) than I am by the much smaller radical islamic movement...
*edit* that came off soudning a little assinine: I don't dislike orthodox christians more than radical islamists, I feel the method the islamists use (terrorism/jihad) to spread their beliefs to be the lowest form of communication known to man.
In fact, when compared directly, the fundamental islamist movement is far worse on all the issues I care about (social issues (abortion, women's rights, gay/lesbian rights, etc.) But honestly, the harder you squeeze the more they slip through your fingers. Ultimately, there is no direct way that the US can stop young 'idealistic' muslims from joining their cause, and the kind of direct action we are taking just makes the whole of the islamic culture (not just the extremes) dislike us more.
Man, I'm way off my original point. At any rate, my point was merely that the 'islamic terrorists' we're all supposed to live in fear of don't pose a real threat to us. As bad as 9/11 is, that's about the worst it can
get, barring some kind of nuclear attack (which is just as likely now as it ever was, so what are we getting out of the PATRIOT act, exactly?).
Bah, I can't keep a train of thought: Muslim extremists= the scum of the earth, but it's the conservatives here in America that run my life.
There.. that's my point.. that's it...This comment was edited on Sep 12, 03:38.
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