have always wanted to ask your view on how this relates to even some pretty radical Imams in America, Canada, Europe, etc who do promote violence and Jihadist teachings that seem to be friendly to terrorist mindsets? Do you believe pushing those ideas is itself bad or evil?
Of course its both of those. It’s medieval. It stems from two sources. The first is that the West has not been a positive actor in the Middle East, ever; the second is sort of a religious/cultural insecurity that stems from the fact that Islamic countries are not as modern or prosperous as those in the West.
And secondly, do you believe the Islamic society that lives in America should put their loyalties to their Country or their faith first, in other words, “should” Muslims be actively trying to address those more radical elements in their midst to help preserve the safety and continuity of the Nation they have decided to be a part of even if it shakes the foundations of their religion?
Those are really two different points. I don’t think any religious person should put anything above their faith, but the real question is “where are the conflicts?”
I don’t see any conflicts between loyalties. If the US were to decide to make itself a “muslim free zone”, then sure, that would create a problem; but how is that different from a Christian if the US were to declare itself an atheistic state where religion can only be practiced within the confines of a church building?
And yes, of course we have a responsibility as Americans to root out and report dangerous elements; that doesn’t shake the foundations of our religion in the slightest.
Lastly, and a somewhat completely different viewpoint on what a “moderate” Muslim may be, what are your thoughts about examples like Muzzammil Syed Hassan?
I think he just went nuts, like any of these guys who decide to off their ex-wife or girlfriends.