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Free Muslims from the Tyranny of Islam

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Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Jul 28, 2014 at 18:18

Toward the end of this piece Dr Pipes says, "Fourteen centuries of failure should be enough of an experiment" that is, I presume, the experiment in the workability of Islam as a belief system to live by and which leads to the betterment of the lives of its adherents.

I heartily agree.

But then in the last paragraph he says, "if islam is the problem, the solution lies in reconsidering the traditional interpretations of the faith and reinterpreting it in ways conducive to successful living."

Why isn't this, alas, just another attempt to avoid blaming the 'ideals' themselves by urging Muslims to reconsider and reinterpret Islam, in other words for Muslims to "try harder and do better"?

Wouldn't it be simpler to just stay with the observation that Islam has failed for 1400 years to bring a good society to its adherents, a failure more glaring in the last 150 years than ever before, And therefore that the best thing is to advocate freeing Muslims from the invariable tyranny of their religion? A tyranny actually made worse than Communism for its success is supposedly in the next life and is therefore not disprovable in the way Communism was, in this world.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I did not advocate that Muslims leave Islam because that is not a realistic scenario. So, I offered a suggestion that can be implemented.

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