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A simple proposition

Reader comment on item: [Moderate] Voices of Islam

Submitted by Wilinsky (United States), Sep 23, 2003 at 16:42

Your idea, summed up by the two bulleted lines at the end, seems simple and is so convincing I can't understand how non-Islamists could disagree (unless they share West-phobia or anti-semitism or the goal of world hegemony, as you put it). Unfortunately, considering the current state of affairs at the institutions you mention, it's almost certain that your excellent suggestions will not be taken up.

Seems to me these Muslim anti-Islamist authors may have found their voice, but not their audience. I'm not sure if these authors are addressing their books to Muslims or to non-Muslim supporters of militant Islam or to everyone else. It is a sorry state of affairs that the warnings in these books may carry more impact because of the religion of the authors. Nevertheless, I agree with you that we should do whatever we can to help get them heard (like buy the books, for example :-)).

Another comment:
Does Manji see no difference between ultra-Orthodox Jews, Evangelical Christians, or militant Islamists? Even though they may all be 'literalists', IMO only one of these groups poses a threat to world order, to Americans and American ideals and to Muslims.

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