Are Muslims our natural allies?

“…This tells us a lot about the quality of the company he keeps, but it doesn’t tell us much about the Muslim faith. We are left, however, with the impression that only a fine belief system could produce such fine people. But, of course, it’s not always wise to judge a belief system according to the character of those who believe in it. Sometimes, people manage to rise above whatever belief system they embrace or have been born into. For example, when I was growing up, one of our family friends was a member of the Communist Party U.S.A. (until he left it to join a still more radical communist organization). Yet he was the soul of kindness and gentleness. I doubt very much that he would ever have raised a hand against a fellow human being. But, for all that, he devoutly believed in an ideology that was responsible for the oppression of millions.”