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  •  Mali is something like 90% Islamic, but (4+ / 0-)

    Islam there has long been pretty moderate and tolerant.  From what I've heard there have generally been good relations between the majority and the religious minorities (Christian and traditional animists).

    The Christian extremists in this country will absorb absolutely no knowledge or sense of Mali's tolerant kind of Islam; but every story of the Islamist insurgents stoning someone to death will inflame their fear and rancor.  Nothing like selective perception to feed bigotry.

    --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

    by Fiona West on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:29:27 PM PST

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