4 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Islamic Secularists ?

Reader comment on item: There Are No Moderates: Dealing with Fundamentalist Islam

Submitted by SB Puri (United States), Nov 26, 2003 at 14:23

This article reminds me of a talk show on a private TV channel in India. The participants were Giriraj Kishore of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (which is branded as a Hindu fundamentalist organisation responsible for the demolition of the Babri mosque) and Syed Shahabuddin (who is considered a secular western-educated muslim and a one time civil servant). Giriraj Kishore said that secularism could succeed ONLY if the adherents of ALL religions publicly accept the validity of other religions - and then went on to declare that as a Hindu he had no problem in publicly declaring that Islam & Christianity were as valid paths to God as was Hinduism. When Shahabuddin was asked to make a similar declaration he publicly stated that his religion (Islam) did not permit him to do so.
Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Islamic Secularists ? by SB Puri

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)