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Islam and democracy is an antinomy

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Submitted by Nessie (Italy), May 4, 2008 at 18:01

I'm a little bit disappointed by the reading of this item , Mr. Pipes... The history of Christianity is involved in the respect of the individual. On the contrary Islam is a religion that talks to mass, not to the single person. The respect of a single person is not included. The meaning of the word islam means submission.

When we go to the church, we sit down or stand up or we can also kneel down . But we don't throw down until reaching the floor with our forehead in the same way of muslims: completely submitted. Besides men and women pray together in the church and they are not separated.

As Oriana Fallaci reminded us, in the Christianity there is the principle "to give to Caesar all that belongs to Caesar; to give to God all that belongs to God". That is already a principle of laicality and separation among the civil things and the religious ones.

No, Christianity has another history, another civilization, another philosophy too rather different than Islam. Magdi Allam understood very well this. The real respect for the holiness of each single life is into Christianity. That's the reason why he didn't seek anymore the "democratic islam" or the "moderate islam". It woud be an antinomy.

Submitting....

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