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By Lori Hinnant

In tweets, in street gatherings and in open letters, moderate Muslims around the world are insisting Islamic State extremists don’t speak for their religion. Many are also frustrated that anyone might think they do, and a backlash has already begun.

This week’s videotaped beheading of a French mountaineer by militants linked to the Islamic State group prompted heartsick fury among Muslims in France and elsewhere, torn between anger at the atrocities committed in the name of Islam and frustration that they have to defend themselves at all.

The outcry extends to Metro Detroit, where many Muslims denounce the extremism as a misrepresentation of their faith. [Read more…]