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Before I get to the topic today, here is one more reason why the Rev. Pat Robertson should never, ever again be taken seriously and why he's an embarrassment to his religion: He's calling for the murder of a politcal leader. Really.
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In yesterday's post, I talked a bit about reformers in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Muslim world.
A recent piece in the Crescent-News of Defiance, Ohio, reports that a Muslim physician in Toledo is leading a national grassroots movement to get imams, Muslim worship leaders, to condemn terrorism and suicide bombing in each weekly sermon, or "khutba."
Mahjabeen Islam (pictured here), a native of Pakistan, is a family practice physician at St. Vicent Mercy Medical Center and has lived in Toleda for 22 years. She is calling her effort "Project Friday Khutba."
"It only has to be one imam at a time, one mosque at a time," she says. "If all my fellow Muslim Americans do this, the message will be loud and clear throughout the land. It's time we stpe up to the plate."
It's heartening to see such local efforts go national and, one can hope, eventually global.
In a recent column in The Kansas City Star, I decried religious scandals of various sorts, but pointed out that, to me, the worst religious scandals happen when faith leaders adopt extremist positions and do such things as foment and condone violence in God's name. That's what has happened with radical Muslims, and it's a disaster that, in the end, only Muslims can stop.
But the rest of us can cheer on efforts by people like Dr. Islam.
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