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Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Oct 23, 2010 at 08:48

I see Islam as a religion or ideology with little confidence to live in the modern world. Its precepts don't seem to gel with the 21st Century. Insisting on being bogged down in a mire of their own making has stalled their progress. Their own beliefs have caused an inability to make concessions to other beliefs, resulting in a nearly world-wide condemnation of their religion, at least from the West. In a nutshell, Dr. Pipes has described what Islam is and what is isn't; its glory days were in the past, and its future isn't certain. That he believes Islam can once again be the power that it was, is truly optimistic, but perhaps a little unrealistic, given the facts before us and the history behind us. How anyone can be drawn into Islam and embrace it wholeheartedly, is beyond my comprehension. I see Islam as the bully who threatens those whom they consider weaker; if you don't overpower the bullies of this world, they will continue to cause fear, and by their bullying and violent methods, force submission from their victims. Who wants or needs this?

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