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What Is the Difference Between ‘Extremist’ and ‘Moderate’ Muslim Brothers?

Mohammed al-Zawahri, brother of the al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, was arrested while fighting for the Brotherhood.

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Robert Spencer

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August 19, 2013 - 10:30 am
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It is iron dogma for the politically correct establishment in the U.S. that “moderate Muslims,” which for that establishment includes every last Muslim in the U.S., abhor and despise “extremists,” whom they don’t even consider Muslims, and whose violence and supremacism they reject. That’s the story, anyway. But it was sorely put to the test last week, when the Florida Muslim leader Ahmed Bedier made this sad announcement:

My brother Amir Bedier has returned to Our Lord. To Allah we belong and to Allah is the return. Amir was shot and killed by Egyptian police forces in Rabaa square today. We are proud of him and his courage to stand up for his beliefs and the rights of others. He was fasting and unarmed. He left behind a wife, two children, five brothers and his two parents and countless relatives and friends who loved him.

Ahmed Bedier, former chief of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is widely regarded as a “moderate” Muslim leader – in this guise, he even appeared on Glenn Beck’s CNN show in March 2007 to speak out against “extremism.” On the show, he declared: “We condemn any nation, country or group that uses Islam or misuses and misinterprets Islam in violent ways.” Later, when he announced his departure from CAIR, he explained his future plans in terms to warm any multiculturalist’s heart: “I’m going to expand on and build upon my work as a civil rights and human rights leader into broader areas of peace building, interfaith dialogue and reconciliation.”

As is so often the case, things are not always as they seem. Unfortunately, like so many putative moderate Muslim groups and individuals in the United States, Bedier is not really all that moderate. He has said that before 1995, when the State Department declared Palestinian Islamic Jihad a terrorist group, there was “nothing immoral” about associating with the group. The anti-terror advocacy group Americans Against Hate notes that “Bedier’s answer is startling, given the fact that, prior to 1995, Palestinian Islamic Jihad took credit for five terrorist attacks, which resulted in the murders of eight innocent people. This includes a suicide bombing in the town of Netzarim Junction, in November of 1994.”

And when two Muslim college students, Youseff Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed, were found with pipe bombs (and one of whom admitted to making a video about how to use remote-controlled bombs against American soldiers), Bedier claimed that the pipe bomb material was just fireworks and said, “Both of them are really naïve kids.” On a Florida TV show, Bedier sidestepped numerous opportunities to condemn the barbaric practice of stoning.

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A moderate muslim is one who is a minority in a country and must behave himself so not to alarm the natives. An extremist muslim is one who has gained enough population mass to start pushing the natives around until they are all but exterminated or subjugated and the country joins the worldwide caliphate.
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An extremist Muslim would hack you to death with a dull knife. A moderate Muslim would use a sharp one.
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Simple: An extremist Muslim wants to kill us. A moderate Muslim wants an extremist Muslim to kill us.
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Moderate vs extremist Muslim is the good cop-bad cop routine.
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The difference, Nothing! Behead them all and the earth will be well refreshed for the advancement of Freedom.
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An extremist muslim actually tries to kill you. The moderate muslim makes sure that the extremist has the tools and means to do so.
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After nearly fourteen centuries of experience with Islam it borders on the unbelievable that there is still a debate about the "real" character of Islam.

Islam has contributed nothing, ever, but mayhem and destruction. One need only look at Egypt, Syria, Pakistan and any where that Islam is dominant. Nothing that resembles civilized behavior comes from Islam.

The debate should be about how to eradicate this evil from the planet, not only for the sake of non Muslims but also to free Muslims from this hideous belief system.

The "moderate Muslim" is a being that exists only in the minds of non Muslims who either hate their own culture or who don't want to expend the energy that is required to defend their own way of life.

It appears that a significant portion of the populace, and a greater portion of our leadership, is still looking for the miraculous emergence of "Moderate Islam" that will reject all that Mohamed stood for and embrace western values rather than discussing how to defeat a very real enemy.

This does not bode well for the rest of us.
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This is an easy one:

"Radical, Extremist" muslims want to kill you.
"Moderate" muslims want readical extremist muslims to kill you.

Simple, eh?

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In reality, there are no moderate muslims, because there is no moderate islam.
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An extremist Muslim kills people. A moderate Muslim teaches the extremist how to make bombs, use weapons and why their god wants them to kill and die.
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Since Islam is a religion of laws, the ONLY true laws in this world, I guess that means a "Moderate Muslim" is one who would only moderately/kinda sorta stone, kill or enslave someone.
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There are no 'moderate' when Islam is concerned. Only 'pretend' moderate's. The pretends don't want to get their hands bloody so, pretends leave it to the radicals.
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Just remember, Tariq Ramadan, a well connected member of MB, was almost hired to teach Middle East Studies at Notre Dame a few years ago.
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seems to me that only difference is that the extreme muslim says he wants jews and Israel dead and destroyed, and a moderate won't say it, but plans it.
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otherwise known as "Taqiyya". What kind of "faith" encourages you to lie...insane
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