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In defense of religious moderation
In defense of religious moderation

Whether it's the U.S. president ordering the killing of an Islamist extremist in Pakistan, a Long Island congressman scheduling hearings on the radicalization of Islam in America, or mullahs in Afghanistan exhorting mobs to violence in response to a Florida preacher burning a copy of the Quran, it's hard to avoid the impression that the West is at war with Islam. Critics of religion have used the scenario of a great conflict between the modern, secular West and a medieval, spiritual Islam to argue that religion itself is the problem and that even moderate religious belief cultivates extremism. But this analysis is wrong. Moderate belief is not just a weaker, watered-down...