Brewtown Politico

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Time to educate politicians on Islam

First it was President Bush not knowing the difference between Sunnis and Shi'ites. Now we have future House Intelligence Chairman Sylvester Reyes (D-TX) thinking that al Qaeda is predominantly made up of Shi'ites.

"Predominantly -- probably Shi'ite," he said in a recent interview with Congressional Quarterly, a periodical that covers political and legislative issues in Congress.

Unfortunately for Reyes, the al Qaeda network led by
Osama bin Laden is comprehensively Sunni and subscribes to a form of Sunni Islam known for not tolerating theological deviation.

Many Americans don't know the distinction either, but they're not the ones in charge of intelligence gathering and foreign policy in this country.


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