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Biggest beneficiary of freedom are those who want to curb freedom

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Nov 22, 2012 at 17:46

Dear Dr Pipes:

Your reader myth from Germany correctly said, "Our secular institutions function as the Trojan Horse to bring in islamist ideology." Reader myth is hundred percent correct. It is almost a self evident truth that when a society offers the freedom to all people, the most corrupt among us will extract as much advantage out of that freedom as s/he can while bearing as little responsibility as possible. Myth cited some examples (like halal food in secular institutions, swimming hours for muslim women etc) of how Islamic ideology is penetrating our institutions under the garb of freedom. What myth described is a worldwide problem and it prevails in every country where freedom and secularism is available and valued. In India which is an 80% hindu-majority country, there are more Islamic universities than there are Hindu universities.

This situation is a catch-22 that we cannot avoid. If we curb freedom, we become like the enemy we abhor (enemy --in this case-- is the person who exploits freedom without bearing responsibility). On the other hand, If we encourage freedom, the enemy draws the biggest advantage from it. That is why it is very important that each one of us stands up to state the truth as often as needed and on as many occasions as possible. Reader myth deserves thanks for articulating a very important issue is his short and beautifully-expressed letter.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1The issue is the refusal of Muslims to acknowledge reality [257 words]saraFeb 26, 2013 17:16203884
I wish I could share your optimism [84 words]Stephen B.Nov 24, 2012 11:15200906
2belief in institutions [90 words]mythNov 17, 2012 07:35200728
1Biggest beneficiary of freedom are those who want to curb freedom [232 words]PrashantNov 22, 2012 17:46200728
weakness of the secular standpoint in context [182 words]mythNov 23, 2012 05:00200728
6Moderate Muslims [125 words]MarkNov 14, 2012 12:51200587
No such thing as moderate Muslim [75 words]PrashantNov 22, 2012 17:56200587

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