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  •  It's worth pointing out that for most of his life (2+ / 0-)
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    danbojangles, quiet in NC

    Anwar al-Awlaki was fairly moderate and argued against violence and terrorism.

    Here is what the NYT wrote about him back in 2001:

    Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, spiritual leader at the Dar al-Hijra mosque in Virginia, one of the nation's largest, which draws about 3,000 worshipers for communal prayers each Friday, said: ''In the past we were oblivious. We didn't really care much because we never expected things to happen. Now I think things are different. What we might have tolerated in the past, we won't tolerate any more.''

    ''There were some statements that were inflammatory, and were considered just talk, but now we realize that talk can be taken seriously and acted upon in a violent radical way,'' said Mr. Al-Awlaki, who at 30 is held up as a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West: born in New Mexico to parents from Yemen, who studied Islam in Yemen and civil engineering at Colorado State University.

    Here is a video showing his reaction to the September 11th attacks:

    •  Thanks for the links. (0+ / 0-)

      He seems to have a hard tome making up his mind, not at all unlike most religious scholars of all faiths.

      "If Jesus had a gun he'd still be alive today." Homer Simpson, 2013

      by quiet in NC on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 07:56:53 PM PDT

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