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Ban Islam? Art. No. 4868

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Submitted by S.C.Panda (India), Aug 31, 2007 at 04:26

Dear Prof Pipes,

No liberal democracy can ever ban Islam. That is its weakness. But does Islam promote or approve democracy?

The greatest truth is that we have come to this world not because of our own will but because of our parents, by and large. We inherit the mother ongue and the faith etc. of our parents. Everyone irrespective of his/her faith has a right to live with dignity and honour. Does Islam approve this?

Is it not time that Muslims should justify the Islamic classification of humans, viz., Muslims, Jews, Christians and infidels/kafirs? Does this conform to the requirements of Human Rights understood today?

Historically, Islam sanctioned violence not only against non-Muslims but also hypocrites among Muslims. The present scourge of terrorism is a part of that.

Glad you mentioned the "Calcutta Quran petition" and the resultant riots in Bangladesh. What this signifies? Islam is based on violence and terror for its sustenance.

It is high time, the Muslim intelligentsia should take lead in clearing the grave apprehension of others including the victims of Islamic/Islamist terror.

My solution to this problem is if the Islamists internalise " GIVE RESPECT AND TAKE RESPECT " vis-a-vis other faiths, the world will be a wonderful place to live in.

Regards, S.C.Panda, India

Prof Daniel Pipes, MEF, USA


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