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Submitted by Ron (Turkey), Apr 20, 2015 at 02:45

Yes it's true that most Muslims aren't actively waging militant jihad. But that's not because they don't agree with it...it's because they can't read Arabic and live in jahilik (ignorance), mostly put upon them by the leaders who want to control the masses and avoid a full-scale uprising against secularism and the West. The Islamic world, call them whatever you want, is and will continue to agitate and move toward both the establishment of a Caliphate and global Islam.

So really, what's the core difference between the "normal" Muslm and the "Islamist"? Nothing in Islam will allow it to ever modify or reform to the point of pluralism and co-existence. The example of Judeo-Christian rejection of slavery as an offering of hope that Islam could change is unworkable. The Judeo-Christian texts at their core never advocated a political/military/religious global kingdom. Jesus said his kingdom was not of this world and Christians considered themselves strangers and aliens in the world. Muslims however consider themselves as warriors on a mission to bring all humanity into slavery to the will of Allah. The most humble Muslim tailor thinks his helping advance his religion with a sewing machine. I understand Mr. Pipes attempt to foster a hopeful attitude about 1.7 billion people someday entering the human race as peaceful co-inhabitants. But Islam in any form is anchored to the same texts, as this Arab host correctly pointed out. Muslims can change...by leaving Islam.

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