Egon, thank you for your comments. I think civilized behavior comes from true (not pretended) respect for all people, no matter their background. One of the contradictions I encountered after leaving high school was that I could not be afraid of and suspicious of Muslims and respect them at the same time. So I chose respect. That was just one of thousands of choices that took me from where I was — one step away from brainwashed — to becoming aware that there are truths beyond religion that unite us all.

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