Reader comment on item: The Evil Isn't Islam
Submitted by Sheerahkahn (United States), Jul 30, 2002 at 13:27WHAT?
Yes, that was my first reaction when I read Mr. Pipes' "excuse" for the Evil of Islam. Though he acknowledges the medievalistic mentality of today's Islamic culture, he white-washes Islamic history and religion as a whole and says, "But wait there are moderates." Moderates, Mr. Pipes, in the Muslim countries are a rare and dying breed (dying as in being offed by the rest of Muslim society).
Islam, Mr. Pipes, reached its pinnacle of sociological and political development in the seventeen hundreds, but rather than follow the secularizing of national governments, Islamic Mullahs squashed all such sentiments in their society, murdered the reformationists, and forever forced sociological evolution in the Muslim world into a historical stasis.
Hence, Islam, like every pagan religion before it, refused to evolve and in so doing has been in a death spiral ever since.
Does a Muslim have a right to convert to another religion?
No. If said muslim does convert s/he must be executed.
Evil is defined as suppression and oppression of individual rights of self-expression, and conformity to a maxim that one did not choose but is forced to live under.
Islam fits the definition, ergo, Islam is evil.
I am surprised at your lack of courage, Mr. Pipes.
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