“Our country is like a rose, and its petals are the Christians, the Arabs, the Kurds, the Sabians, the Shabak people,” Mahdi continued. “These are all our countrymen.” …
Another panelist agreed, adding: “The Christians have done nothing wrong. They haven’t hurt a soul. On the contrary, they are peaceful people, who love all sects. They are honorable people, with high moral values.”
“We stand one hundred percent in solidarity with them,” he concluded.
I have long held that “most Muslims are better than their religion”, while all Christians, by the very nature of the case, are “worse than their religion”. The average Muslim, like the average citizen in a Communist country, is basically a decent person (as far as fallen human nature and the residual natural law permit, of course). The zeal of Muslims for what they think is God should, and does, put most lax Christians to shame, myself included. Of course, this is not to say that violence is not endemic to Islam, or that repression is not endemic to Communism. It is simply to say that “moderate Islam” is just shorthand for “Islam which is not currently able to unfurl its wings”.