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Yes, Islam is the problem

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Submitted by Caesar M. Arevalo (United States), Aug 30, 2007 at 20:21

Dr. Pipes's argument that "…efforts [to sweep Islam] are too broad…" is missing the point entirely. There is not distinction between those verses that calls for killing infidels a non-Muslims and those "inspirational" ones. Why? Because in Islam, the force of the religion is precisely its violent and intolerant theology. We can pick those verses that we like the most; however, it will not change too much. Islam to be Islam must be original, other than that, we are deceiving ourselves and that is really dangerous.

Dr. Pipes also speaks about "positive change." What is this "positive change"? Even those so-called "moderates" blames US for everything. They still believe that Israel is the problem in the Middle East and that US presence in the Middle East is the reason of radical Islam in the west and elsewhere. So-called "moderates," at the end, either they will abandon Islam at all or they will whitewash the real teaching of Islam, which would make them revisionists.

Of course, I would welcome moderate Muslims who reject the doctrine of Jihad as taught in the Quran. Of course I would welcome moderate Muslims who reject the false history contained in the Quran about Christianity and Israel. Of course, I would welcome moderate Muslims who reject the idea that Islam is superior to other religion and that Allah is the "greatest." But that will never happen, and if it does, then they will be murdered by devour Muslims who really believe in the revelation of the Quran.

Therefore, the idea that "banning Islamist interpretations of the Koran, as well as Islamism and Islamists," which would be in benefit of the present civilization, is not the antidote to combat the hatred against Israel and America. Actually, I would like to know what explanation moderate Muslims have for jihad verses in the Quran. I am not talking about moderate interpretations; I am talking about honest hermeneutic of the Quran.

Only when Muslims confront the evil and wickedness that comes from the teaching of the Quran, and reject those verses that inspire the killing of Christians and Jews, then we can speak about moderation. After all, moderation is a word that denotes "not to the extreme." In other words, as long as there is not killing, still Muslims can blame Israel and US for all the evil in the world. As long as Muslims do not kill innocent Israelis, we Muslims can still believe that Israel is the occupier and evil race. As long as Muslims do not persecute and prohibit Christians to worship Jesus, they still can put "limitations" in the open exercise of other faiths. As long as Muslims do not kill apostates and those who speak critically about Mohammed and Islam, they can prohibit the publications of books, newspapers, and writings about the Muslim faith.

Western civilization does not need Islam. Islam and western civilization profess different set of values. Muslims do not need Islam after all. On the contrary, Muslims need to liberate themselves from Islam because it is oppressive and totalitarian.

And yes, I believe Islam is the problem.

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