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Muslim group urges new way of dealing with radicals
Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year's deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and reeducate radicals.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council — which long has pushed for a moderate, American-based Islam — hopes its "Safe Spaces Initiative" will get mosques to stop a pattern of dealing with extremists by simply shunning them and kicking them out.
The plan was unveiled a day before Tuesday's one-year anniversary of the marathon bombing, allegedly orchestrated by ethnically Chechen Muslim brothers who lived in the Boston area. One of them, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had turned toward extremism and was banished from a Boston-area mosque after challenging its moderate teachings.
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