In today’s world, the extremists are loud and visible. They represent the dogmatic views of people who have all the answers and often try to cram those answers down someone else’s throat. By contrast, moderates tend to listen, analyze the different viewpoints and look for common ground. The problem is that this quieter approach often leads to being overshadowed by the voices and actions of the extremes.
The rally recently in Paris was encouraging in that moderate voices from a variety of religions took a stand for the spiritual base of their faiths rather than supporting those who usurp a faith through extremism.
Instead of killing people who have different views, we need to find ways to encourage more dialogue. It’s unfortunate that throughout history the dogmatic extremes of religions have sought to eliminate those who disagree.