Badawi’s problem here is that there are so many Muslim Misunderstanders of Islam, as we document here every day. If there weren’t so many murders committed by Muslims who explain and justify their actions by reference to Islamic texts and teachings, maybe Western nations wouldn’t have so much trouble grasping this glorious complexity. “Malaysia says Western nations misunderstand Islam,” from Deutsche Presse-Agentur (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
New York – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called Friday for increasing dialogue to repair misunderstandings by the West about Islam.
‘The main cause is the misperception in the West that Islam promotes exclusively and encourages extremism,’ Badawi said in an address to the UN General Assembly.
He said action should be taken to generate ‘greater understanding’ between civilizations and cultures and dialogue to establish ‘the truth that Islam is a religion which espouses universalism, not exclusivity, and tolerance, not bigotry.’