The newly appointed head of the Vatican office that specializes in relations with Muslims pledged Wednesday to back the moderate forces within Islam to improve dialogue and help defeat extremist groups that encourage terrorism.
"We must help our Muslim friends rediscover the roots of their religion and therefore favor these moderate Muslims achieve a dialogue that will bring a civil and harmonious cohabitation," Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran said.
I would think though that it is the Islamists that have discovered the roots of their religion and are imitating Mohamed in his use of violence and political deceit to gain power. If only members of a Mohamed Seminar could live long enough to do the same sort of damage to Islamists that the Jesus Seminar did to the faith of many Christians. Instead of a priori assumption that there are no miracles they could have one that Mohamed did no violence and thus disentangle the moderate Mohamed of faith from the historical Mohamed.
"This Islam is the most extremist one, which encourages terrorism, and which, to say the truth, is not the real Islam," he said.
No the real Islam did not use terrorism as we know it today. Mohamed was involved in some 27 raids and battles so I guess to get back to the real Islam they must become involved in direct warfare against cities they want to take over.
Question: What is the definition of a moderate Muslim?
Answer: One that is not trying to kill you.
Now of course that is totally simplistic, but isn’t that how we seem to be defining what a moderate Muslim is? I of course think it is a very good idea to maintain interreligious dialogue with those elements of Islam that are truly amenable to that, but for us to say they must return to their roots is misguided.