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Islam world's most anti-democratic force

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Submitted by Claire (United States), May 4, 2008 at 02:34

Namik Tan writes "We hold dear freedom of expression so long as it stays within decent boundaries of criticism."

This begs the question--who gets to decide whether something is "within decent boundaries of criticism?" I call that infringing on the right to free speech, if someone can tell me I can only criticize in ways another dictates. So I could be killed for drawing cartoons, or writing an article or book that displeases another.

I think you just supported Daniel Pipes' premise that "...Islam, like all pre-modern religions is undemocratic in spirit." In other words, for you to dictate "decent boundaries of criticism" is an undemocratic affirmation of totalitarianism.

I agree with Pipes that Islam can evolve, but it remains the world's "most anti-democratic force." I hope ordinary citizens under the fist of Islam demand freedom and liberty until they achieve it.


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