1. Society is quick to assign responsibility for violent messages and acts to the "extremist" Muslims, but I have often wondered why non-extremist Muslims appear to ignore commands in the Koran, such as commands to kill the infidel (unbeliever) or where their outcry is against the extremists. The most obvious goal of Islam, to me, is to conquer and kill non-Muslims. Are the extremists really extremists or are they really "moderates" with regard to their faith and just more outspoken?2. James commented on the seeming difference that people claim exists between moderate and radical Muslims, that the clash of Islam is a clash within the religion and not between civilizations. However, James stated, "Muslims, whether moderate or radical are all monotheistic, and they have the same goal. It’s just that some are in first gear and some are in fourth gear. The moderates are more than willing to take their time in Western nations to gain influence quietly." I agree completely, and it addresses what I said above about whether the extremists are really extremists, etc. While I do realize the danger from the "extremists", I also, like James, see cause for much concern over the "moderate" Muslims, those who are seeking to infiltrate various societies by living among them and bearing more children (4.4 avg. in 1996) than the average Asian, European or American. "Muslim countries are among the champions of demographic growth" (source). How long will it take until the majority of different nations are Muslim? That is a scary thought to me.
There are two other things I am thinking about but will save those for another day.