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I favor radicalization*

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Nov 3, 2017 at 19:22

"Moderate" Muslims? "Reform" Islam? Dhimmino, do you agree with Dr. Pipes on this? I sure don't.

The only way to "reform" Islam, to make it less violent, deceptive, unjust and megalomaniacal, is to abolish Qur'an. Otherwise, devout will find verses in that evil book, to refute any attempt at reform.

Christianity was reformed during the 2nd-4th Centuries CE, when the congregaional elders of the Christians submitted themselves to a hierarchy of so-called "presbyters" and "bishops", and ultimately to the Roman Emperor. After a brief and tame resistance, this brought the organized church into "harmony" with the pagan Roman world. Essentially, Christians became Pagans, but gave Christian names to all their Pagan practices. False gods were re-named as "saints"; the chief Pagan offices, culminating in the Pontifex Maximus, were taken over by the Christian hierarchy, so that by 400 CE, religion had become "moderated" and was no longer an issue of contention.

Around 1100 years later, the religious harmony of Europe was shattered by the invention of moveable type and, consequently, of the printing press. The Bible was the first major work printed; and when it got into the hands of docile Christians, they started rebelling, getting critical of the corruption and false teaching of their leaders. Wars ensued, such as the Thirty Years' War, depopulating parts of Germany and surrounding countries. This was a time of Christian "radicalization". It only abated, with a time of apostacy, which we are now living in.

The apostates, today, generally side with the Islamic radicals against Jews and Christians. I look forward to our being again "radicalized" into reading and practicing the Bible.

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