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Sunni Islam, Radicals vs. Moderates

One of the great dangers for Christians in the Mideast has been the threat from radical Islam, particularly from ISIS and al Qaeda. Images of beheadings, torture, rape and shootings come to mind. Much has been written in the West, criticizing Muslims for not speaking out against this fanaticism. The following article, by Taylor Luck, provides a better understanding of the nature of the conflict within Sunni Islam, in which radicals are being fought by moderates. It is a powerful tale of great bravery on the part of those who would recapture Islam for more sane vision of the faith.


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Sunni Islam, Radicals vs. Moderates By Taylor Luck, Correspondent
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Jeffrey Peter Agnes
LTC Thomas P. Curtis II
Contributing Editors
Rev. Michael P. Forbes
David D. Fautua
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