I would only counter that, at least on the outside as I'm not a follower, that there is no real separation between religion and politics with the followers of Islam, as your religion dictates everything that you do, and a separation of church and state is not in the code.<
tigermoth - Unfortunately, there are many here that choose to ignore your sound logic.
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"However, it strikes me that there is a notable difference between hating Americans for the actions of their democratically elected government and hating Muslims for the actions of extremists. as hate can ever make sense, the former kind of does."
Many, many Americans marched in masses and protested the actions of their democratically elected government over the last 10 years, yet you still think that it makes sense to hate Americans (inasmuch as hate can ever make sense, of course).
"The latter is more like hating the Catholic church because Sister Mary Joseph banged your knuckles with a ruler."
More like hating the Catholic church because Sister Mary Joseph banged your knuckles with a ruler in the name of Catholicism. On top of that, having very, very few people of the same faith speak out against Sister Mary Joseph's behavior. At that point, you'd be closer to an "apples to apples" comparison (less the dead bodies in the name of Catholicism).
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