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Submitted by Mark D. (United States), Aug 1, 2011 at 23:09

===This position differs fundamentally from my own, which holds that "radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution." While sharing common opponents, these two outlooks differ on the nature of Islam, its potential for change, and the possibility of allying with Muslims.===

If we strictly judge a religion based on the book it uses, then Islam is evil. But there is more to religion than the book it uses for it's beliefs. Otherwise, Christianity and Judaism are evil as well because there do are despicable things the bible says.

Is this why, Dr. Pipes, you say Islam is not evil? You never did address why you think Islam is not evil or not the enemy.

Posters post Islam is evil (Including myself three years ago with the title "Islam is Evil", but I go with the flow with Dr. Pipes now), but one has to wonder where does the book stand? Does it take precedence over anything else as part of the total package of whether Islam is evil or not? Or is it an asterisk, an add-on, an attache, a complimentary dessert?

Mark D.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I have addressed this topic many times, notably at http://www.danielpipes.org/437/the-evil-isnt-islam

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