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Do you consider Islam to be a religion of peace?

From: Steve
Sent on: Friday, October 8, 2010 10:44 PM

I want to thank those members who have courteously updated their RSVPs in time to allow members on the waiting list to participate in our discussion in a week from this Sunday (Oct. 17). At the suggestion of several members, I have increased the maximum number of participants to 20 and so far, it looks like we are going to have a full house.

Regarding the upcoming discussion on Jaina and peaceful Eastern religions, you may have noticed that my introduction did not include any mention of Islam. But, I am sure that Islam will be brought up during our discussion. NPR's "Intelligence Squared" recently had a terrific debate on whether Islam should be considered a religion of peace. Both sides of the debate were extremely well-presented. I highly recommend that you visit the following site where you can listen, or watch the entire debate on your computer. You may also download a script of the entire hour and forty-five minute session (also in our files):

Is the rise of terrorism and violence justifiably traced to the teachings of Islam, or is this call to war a twisted interpretation of the true Muslim faith? Most of the world?s 1.5 billion Muslims are moderates who see Islamic terrorism as a violation of their sacred texts. Is it wrong to let a radical minority represent authentic Islam? Has fear blinded us to its lessons of tolerance and peace?

Steve, Plato's Cave Organizer

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