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Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Aug 29, 2007 at 14:51

Banning the Qur'an or Islam itself, would only prompt a world-wide outcry from Muslims, both fundamental and moderate, and possibly incite unnecessary violence. In other words, it not only would be a foolish move, but it would be impossible. It would also cause the domino effect of trying to ban other religious books (the Bible, the Torah, etc.) and other religions that have existed for thousands of years.

In this age of political correctness and modern thinking, there is little room for a complete banning of such books and religions, regardless of the personal beliefs and feelings of other people. I agree with Dr. Pipes that Islamism is the enemy, not Islam in it's moderate form. Many would dispute this, however.

Having lived in Muslim countries and being friends with some moderate Muslims, I can truthfully say that the complexities of Islam and the divisions amongst it are as varied as the divisions within Christianity. I have been privy to some genuine parchments dating to the Spanish Inquisition and the tortures portrayed and described in these historic papers, tortures that would be inflicted on the victim if he or she refused to join the Catholic church, are horrendous.

I'm sure the Catholic church is extremely ashamed in retrospect, for the intolerance shown during those dark days in their history. The world today needs to show tolerance where tolerance is due, which is to allow religions to flourish but to weed out the extreme elements, such as Islamism in Islam.


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