Thank you. And what a nice spring evening it is!
I'm delighted for you, Thomas. The temperature here & there are probably roughly the same! (You call that spring?)
Frantic effort to get back on topic now
You know what I find really depressing about these threats made at anyone who dares take the name of Mohamed in vain? The fact that many Muslims see this sort of thing as quite abhorrent & totally against their own interests, especially within western countries. I live & also work in 2 different communities, both with high Muslim populations. I doubt very much that many would agree with such extreme threats, yet they appear to confine their discussions to within their own (Muslim) communities. They don't speak out publicly against the crazy extremists. (Possibly because of fear of criticism from their own communities.) The way it's been described to me (by Muslim fellow workers) is that there's a sort of "internal battle" going on withing their broad community. Between the rigid conservative extremists & those with much more enlightened views. The trouble is, as I see it, is (though more are now speaking out) , the public silence suggests that there's an agreement with the extremists, whereas there isn't really. I think we often make the mistake of seeing all Muslims as holding one unified attitude. The reality is very different, with a lot
of different shades of grey between different countries & also within particular communities.