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in response to reader comment: Don't ban it, EXPOSE it!

Submitted by Concerned Buddhist (Lithuania), Sep 18, 2007 at 01:59

The satire could be efficient only and only if a) there are suffcient number of brave people who would not back down and not go to hiding even having received death threats and b) if the satire is performed on sufficiently large scale, so that Muslims maybe would be very soon too tired to react to every incident and would have grudgingly to accept the fact that Western people have right to satirize their religion.

As for "exposing" Qur'an - which verses will you put on billboards? Only hate verses? But muslims then will surely claim that Quran is misrepresented in such a way, that it consists not merely of confrontational verses, saying that it includes innocent parables, verses related to worship, poetical and philosophical verses as well. But in principle I agree with you - Western people shall have better knowledge about Qur'an and shall be aware about dangerous verses in it.

Especially important, in my opinion, is serious scholarly research on origins of Qur'an. Eg. as soon as the results of the ongoing research work on Qur'an of Gerd Puin and other famous scholars become published, they should be publicized as widely as possible, that they do not remain consigned within academical publications.

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