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Paula Kirby's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by Paula Kirby

Stevehill: I applaud that. We'd have to be crazy to condemn it.

I agree. This is the kind of thing we have been asking of Muslims for a long time, and we should welcome it when it happens. I have organised a lot of conferences, and 12,000 attendees is a huge number, a huge achievement.

As people who are trying to be rational and fair and objective, we must avoid getting into the mindset that there's nothing that will ever satisfy us, even when what is done is exactly what we've been asking for.

Does a single conference, however large, solve all issues or reassure us about all our Islam-related concerns? Of course not. I would take issue with Tahir-ul-Qadri's suggestion that 99% of Muslims are peace-loving, for instance, since that now infamous poll of British Muslims after the London bombings showed that an alarming proportion of them felt the bombings were justified.

But is it a very welcome development? Yes, it most certainly is. Let's not be curmudgeonly about it.

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 21:09:54 UTC | #874822