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The Separation of Mosque and State

Reader comment on item: What Do Terrorists Want? [A Caliphate and Shari'a]

Submitted by Bill Storey (United States), Jul 26, 2005 at 21:41

Daniel:

The connection between the Islamists and the Nazis is obvious, with both fueled by virulent anti-semitism. But the larger issue for me is whether Islam itself can be preserved simultaneously with the elimination of the Islamic terrorists. I don't know the answer, but I agree with Hugh Hewitt that Judeo-Christian theology and Muslim theology are irreconcilable. On the Christian side in particular, the Muslim denial of Jesus' divinity is truly irreconcilable with the Christian belief that Jesus is God.

But can Islam live in peace with a largely Judeo-Christian West? It seems to be that it can only if Islam does what the West has done, and that is to deny that theocracy is a legitimate form of government. Islam may not be able to do this, since the Quran makes it very clear that there is no separation between mosque and state. If they cannot create secular governments, and if they cannot purge the sickness of anti-semitism, I see a war of indefinite duration.

Best regards,
Bill Storey
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