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Muslims condemn holocaust deniers
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, December 21, 2006

Since we often hear it said that moderate muslims need to step forward at certain times, an example of that happening is always welcome and should be highlighted:
Local Muslim leaders lit candles yesterday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate Jewish suffering under the Nazis, in a ceremony held just days after Iran had a conference denying the genocide.

American Muslims "believe we have to learn the lessons of history and commit ourselves: Never again," said Imam Mohamed Magid of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, standing before the eternal flame flickering from a black marble base that holds dirt from Nazi concentration camps.

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Major American Muslim and Arab-American organizations have condemned the Iran conference. The Muslim speakers at yesterday's ceremony did not mention that event but called for recognition of the suffering Jews experienced in the Holocaust and condemned religious hatred. Asked afterward why they did not single out Iran, the Muslim leaders said the problem was broader than the recent conference.

"The issue here is: There might be somebody from X and Y country, a Muslim, saying the same thing," Magid said. If anyone wants to make Holocaust denial an Islamic cause, he said, "we want to say to them: You cannot use our name."

Museum officials said a Muslim delegation had never before made such a public statement at the memorial building.
Good for them.
 
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Splendid.

Very good.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
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It’s just a shame that this is rare enough to be newsworthy.
 
Written By: Mike from Hoboken
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Hey they gotta start somewhere. and in any event, I would hope it would always be newsworthy so long as there are officially sanctioned conferences which question it in the first place.

 
Written By: looker
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It’s a great start!
 
Written By: shark
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I suspect there is more ’good stuff’ going on than ever reaches CNN or the major papers.

I know there are citizen groups in my community, representing all faiths, who meet to air concerns and find common ground.

I have seen documentaries about inter-faith groups meeting in churches for the same reason. One reported that the most contentious arguments were betwee orthodox and reform Jews and among different denominations of Christians than there were between between any of them and the Muslims.

I hope there is hope.


 
Written By: Laime
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Quite correct. And yet I wonder what the limitations of that empathy are. Do the people lighting candles there, agree that Israel has a right to exist? Are they willing to take action to that end? Do they agree that the 50 years of war against Israel has been unjust? Would they agree that what is being done in the name of Islam in the middle east today, is out of line and must be stopped? Would they be willing to call for the ouster of the current regime in Iran? Would they be willing to take action to that effect?

You see therein lies the problem; there’s a major difference between going through the motions, actually getting in there and doing the deeds.

Put another way; I have often said, "Those who tolerate everything stands for nothing. What do you stand for?" in this context, that question comes down to what you tolerate, revealing what your true inner thoughts are; what your goals really are.

These people may actually come out and surprise me by coming down on the proper side of the questions I’ve asked, here. And no one, in that circumstance, will be more pleased to say I’ve misread them. but I don’t think I have, Even for those holding out more hope than I on this point, I suspect it’s gonna take a lot of convincing and a lot of action to get us to that point.

Hoboken Mike raises an important point, too, about numbers. It is a shame that it’s such a rarity. But that it is so much a rarity, is revealing, too. Even assuming that we were dealing with people who were willing to come down on the right side of the questions I’ve asked, here, will those rare events , will those small numbers, be enough to turn the situation?
 
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bravo for them.
 
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