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But where does Islamism come from?

Reader comment on item: When Conservatives Argue about Islam

Submitted by David W. Lincoln (Canada), Jul 7, 2007 at 13:39

It is fine and good to draw a distinction between a peaceful Muslim and an Islamist. It is very easy to say that it is a matter of ideology. Sorry, but I don't buy it.

Where did the ideology spring from? How is it that Islamists see themselves as legitimate Muslims? By that token, we have to see what viewed as legitimate in the eyes of Islam.

As far as Islam is concerned, it is okay to pick up where the followers of the hammer and sickle left off when it comes to barbarity and heinousness.

Why not ask a Coptic Christian what life is like under the rule of the scimitar, because a lot of Coptic Christians were dispatched into the next world (or treated cruelly) because they were true to what it means to be Coptic - and the oppressors viewed themselves as legitimate Muslims.


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