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Repeated questions

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Submitted by Mark (United Kingdom), Jan 31, 2017 at 14:53

This is a long article and I may have missed something, so excuse me if I repeat something already there.

Many questionnaires repeat questions in a different manner throughout, which are effectively the same question. So on apostasy, there could be 5 questions spread throughout.

1. Should people who leave Islam be allowed to do so?
2. Should apostates be killed?
3. How would you react if your son/daughter said they were no longer a Muslim?
4. Does being born into a Muslim family mean a child has to be a Muslim throughout their life?
5. Should there be a punishment for anyone who leaves Islam?

Many more questions of course, but might trap someone lying.
On another point, I find it scary and astonishing that we might even have to consider asking such questions.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Good point. I made it using a different example:

Variety in phrasing: For the questions to ferret out the truth means looking for divergence and inconsistency by asking the same question with different words and variant emphases. A sampling: "May a woman show her face in public?" "What punishment do you favor for females who reveal their faces to men not related to them by family?" "Is it the responsibility of the male guardian to make sure his women-folk do not leave the house with faces uncovered?" "Should the government insist on women covering their faces?" "Is society better ordered when women cover their faces?" Any one of the questions can be asked in different ways and expanded with follows-up about the respondent's line of reasoning or depth of feeling.

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