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Reforming Islam

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Submitted by Joe Black (United States), Dec 16, 2009 at 02:37

Dear Editor: Linda Haslam asks how can we deprogram 1.3 billion people. Bombing and wars will obviously not work. But here are the things that might work:

1) Do not be an islamist apologist. There should be no two opinions that calling others sinners for their beliefs is wrong. Or that killing innocent people is wrong. Or that Islamic ethnocentrism is just as wrong as non-islamic ethnocentrism. Or that a dictum to not befriend Jews or Christians is wrong.

2) In every forum where you can, keep saying that for all their oil wealth the Islamic world has nothing to show for it.

3) When you encounter an Islamist, behave as nicely as you can. Show them goodness can exist outside of Islam. In fact, goodness does exist outside of Islam.

4) Keep pointing out that non-Islamic world is more free, more prosperous, and more educated than the Islamic world.

5) Never hesitate to highlight the Islamist hypocriscy (such as what is exhibited by CAIR and Islamist leaders).

6) Visit democratic countries and avoid visiting non-democratic countries. Support the financial interests of the free world.

7) Enjoy and admire the freedom that the free world has. Feel confident about it.

8) Oppose any Islamist law that appears unfair (such as islamist "who can marry who" laws). Avoid situations where you may have to follow these laws.

9) Encourage a muslim who is excelling in sciences, fine arts, secular literature, music, and any other creative discipline.

10) Stick to your religion. It is not bad.

11) Oppose Islamist stupidities (such as divers licence pictures with face covered). Ridicule such stupidities.

12) Oppose islamist tendencies of your own religion.

13) Donate to causes that enourage freedom.

That should be a pretty neat list.

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