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Moderate Issue

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Submitted by John R. (United States), Mar 14, 2006 at 15:39

======Instead of presenting themselves as victims, Muslims should address this fear by developing a moderate, modern, and good-neighborly version of Islam that rejects radical Islam, jihad, and the subordination of "infidels." ==========

Moderate, modern, and good friendly version of Islam. How many version of Islam do we have? It's either the following:

A) A Muslim who follows his faith grounded on the teachings of the Koran.
B) A Muslim who does not follow his faith at all. Non religious, like someone who is Christian but does not believe in it.

OK, maybe a Muslim who follows his faith not 100% but 30%. Or any number you can think of. 40% faithful, 60% faithful, and so on....
Maybe even a Muslim who is not even aware of much or some of what the Koran says.

It's kind of difficult, wouldn't you say to be a moderate, modern, and good friendly Islam when the Koran tells you not to be one! If you are a religious Muslim, then how would you handle what the Koran says? Ignore the many obvious anti-nonMuslim statements of it? Yes, there are Muslims like that, non Religious muslims, or 50% religious, but if someone or some ogranization is to represent themeselves seriously as speaking for Islam, then he obviously had to take in serious consideration what the Koran says.

Dan, I am confused now. Could you explain what you mean by moderate, modern, and good friendly version of Islam? I might not be getting something right or taking something out of context here. It seems to me that in order to be a moderate, modern, and good friendly Islam, a Muslim has to ingore many things that is said by the Koran.

John R.
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Daniel Pipes replies:

I mean that Islam has to evolve.

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