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There is a continuous barrage about the despicable Anglos, and that there is not one of them who is not a liar, murderer, thief and a cheat.|
Most of these statements come from a group of people that are non Chinese, either by ethnicity or citizenship.
Conversely, much has been written about the Chinese in how they are all the kindest, wisest and most honest people in the world.
Expatter, I believe that there are many anti China/Chinese statements all over the board. I don't want to call names but believe that you're well aware about it.
My question is therefore:
Can Muslims be stereotyped in the same way as Anglos or Chinese in that they are either all good or all bad?
My fair answer is No, they cannot. Muslims are no ethnicity, they come from different parts of Africa and Asia which are sometimes more than 10,000 km apart (Mauretania, Indonesia for example).
They're also not all bad. As with any other group of people there are big differences between real religious muslims and extremists, Islamo fascists. It was discussed several months ago somewhere else, I believe that less than 2% of muslims are fanatics and extremists. Then there are cultural differences between the Middle East and countries like Indonesia, Malaysia. In Indonesia, in spite of the Bali terrorists, most muslims do NOT belong to any fundamentalist group.
Unfortunately the impression that one can have from this board is that fanatics are a majority although that's not the case in real life.