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May 16, 2007

Where Have All the Muslim Moderates Gone?

Muslims I confess it was not the typical Mother's Day conversation, but somehow on Sunday my mom and I got on the subject of radical Islam. Both of us were wondering aloud about where the Muslim moderates are in our society and why we don't hear more from them. I posited a few theories about the pressure that I've seen placed on people who become outspoken critics of Islam. Then yesterday, after clicking on over to Rod Dreher's column that Roberto mentioned on "Jesus and politics," I noticed that Dreher's Sunday column in the Dallas News was titled "Moderate Muslim Voices Silenced." Intrigued, I read on.

Apparently, PBS's local affiliate was to run a documentary called Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Center. The documentary (trailer available here) apparently features those voices of moderate Muslims that we are continually assured make up the silent majority. Why then did they pull it from the air? Dreher has a few theories in his column. I encourage you to read it. I'm quite curious too. I, for one, would have been an interested viewer. Maybe a few phone calls or letters to PBS might help them change their mind.

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