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To Daniel Pipes: Religion of Democracy is not more 'Just' than Religion of Islam

Reader comment on item: A Democratic Islam?

Submitted by Syed Rafey Husain (Pakistan), Apr 17, 2008 at 06:43

Hi Daniel,

I know you are advocating separation of religion and state, while ignoring that it has only brought "experimentation" to the world in past 5 centuries.

Just like scientific experiments, democracy is a large scale sociology experiment. And like any other experiment, it is costing precious resources that could be utilized on fundamental human needs of food, cloth and shelter.

The religion that Jesus Christ (May peace and blessings on him) brought was a Just religion. However Christianity in its current form is a false religion. And that is why democracy/experimentation and scientist took over Church around 500 years ago.

If you remove the lenses of 500 hundred year old philosophical thoughts and try to find solution for "Justice for every human" then you will find no answer accept Islam. This statement may surprise you as you consider Islam being anti-democratically giving privileges Muslims over non-Muslims, males over females, and free persons over slaves. However your 3 accusations have no logical weight.

Consider your first claim, "Islam is giving privileges to Muslims over non-Muslims". It is more like "Islam is giving privileges to a Just person over unjust person". What specific privileges do you see Islam is giving to Muslims over non-Muslims?

Your second charge, "Islam is giving privileges to males over females" also requires better understanding of sociological justice. "Islam is giving not privileges but duties to man over woman". To have sociological justice, Islam distributes responsibilities between male and female. Again I need specific example where you see man is more privileged?

Finally "Islam is giving privileges to free persons over slaves" requires explanation/example from your side. As far as I see, Islam teaches a Muslim to give your slave what you eat!

Syed Rafey Husain,

Karachi Pakistan


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