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Sir, you are right

Reader comment on item: Ban Islam?
in response to reader comment: Mr Clausen, you cannot pick and choose anything in Koran

Submitted by Henrik Ræder Clausen (Denmark), Sep 4, 2007 at 17:28

" In Islam, you can not pick and choose verses from Koran; it is all or nothing."

This is true. And it makes Islam unreformable, in stark contrast with Christianity.

It's a problem. We all wish the Muslims to embrace modernity, to be equal partners in the modern world, and to shed the shackles of backwards religiousness like we have done in the west. The Muslims have nothing to lose but their chains.

But regarding a ban, there's no need to ban the Quran at large. No problem with a moderate version of Islam. There just happens to be violent, racist, supremacist, sexist etc. passages in the Quran (and even more so in the Hadith) which are not at all religious, unless you cover them up with a ton of excuses.

Anyone who's read the two sets of scriptures in combination knows that the excuses don't hold up. Muhammad did a lot of violent things in his life, and the Quran is his justification for that. We need to repeal the parts of the scriptures that glorify criminal behaviour. If the Muslims insist that in that case they'd have to discard the entire book, tough. It's their problem, not ours.


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