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In Islam, criticism is a one-way street

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Submitted by Stillfree (Canada), Sep 16, 2007 at 12:11

Dear Dr. Pipes,

Moslem writers in this post prove the point of your article: criticism is not allowed, except by us!

All Moslems know that Islam imposes a death sentence on critics of Islam or Mohammed. But they also know that in all western countries it is illegal to solicit someone's death. So when writers in this post tell us we have no right to speak because we "don't know Islam", they are not being honest with us. Why do I say this? Because they don't allow apostates to speak either. Those conscientious former Moslems who have in-depth knowledge of Islam are insulted and threatened all the time by Islamists in the crudest manner, and not because they don't know Islam, but because they do!

The apostates have seen first hand the serious moral problems in Islam and say so. Good Moslems (who know Islam teaches assassination of critics) see these problems too, but they shut up. When taking advanced studies in Egypt, a famous apostate (then a believer) asked his beloved Egyptian professor, "Why is our history such a river of blood?" The professor, though sympathetic, refused an answer. He did not want to get killed.

Constant death threats place Islam, the Koran and Mohammed himself above criticism or even scholarly analysis. Independent, free academic inquiry is thus totally impossible under Islam. Freedom of conscience is totally excluded. (It is not without significance that Islamists frequently decapitate unbelievers. Removing the seat of intelligence is Islam's most important action in its war of terror.) The monopoly of religious dictatorship is demanded by Allah and must be imposed on all humanity by Islam's volunteer enforcers who see ritual slaughter of unbelievers as a good deed for which they receive the "highest rewards". The Moslem writers in this forum take the infallibility of Islam for granted. It is their pious duty to punish "harshly" the rebellion of Kafirs, not argue politely, explain or persuade. These verbal jihadists approve of and, no doubt, are active supporters of the bombers.

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