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“A Silent Rally”

Here’s going out on a limb, for you:

In the aftermath of recent terror attacks, Muslims in Mumbai are speaking out against the carnage that left more than 170 people dead and hundreds injured — including many Muslims.

Speaking out against carnage? That’s so absent of significance I’m not even sure it’s a valid use of verb and object. Doesn’t carnage almost contain within its definition the sense of something worth speaking out against? Maybe the Muslims in Mumbai should act out against Islamism. Here’s more:

“They (terrorists) claim to be doing this in the name of Islam. We have to tell them, ‘Not in our name,'” said writer and activist Javed Anand, a Muslim.

Does Anand expect the terrorists to coolly take such a declaration into consideration? The next bit is worthy of the Onion:

But in a show of solidarity against terrorism, many Muslims throughout India are organizing a silent rally for the near future — one of several ways Indian Muslims are trying to distance themselves from the attackers.

A silent rally? The collective silence of moderate Muslims is already well established as part of the problem. Muslim groups are often quick to condemn violence. And they’re just as quick to condemn the popular association of Islam and terrorism in the media. Yet, they seem to skirt right over the causal phenomenon linking the two: the reality of Islamic terrorism. But, fear not. A brave group of Muslims is preparing to meet the jihadists head-on: with silence.



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