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Submitted by Shaun (United Kingdom), Nov 15, 2009 at 16:21

Most of the history of islam HAS been awash with blood and brutality. Just because a handful of muslims don't subscribe to violence and human rights abuses does not excuse the whole rotten history of islam. Fine, there may be hope in a future where the muslim has adapted to modern life, BUT this is NOT happening NOW and there is NO evidence of anything happening in the near future. Apostates of islam cannot reveal their identities for fear of a brutal backlash from the muslim community they wish to leave. Human rights are ignored in Iran. muslims ghetto-ise themselves in non-muslim lands because the 'culture' of islam PREVENTS them from integrating.

You say, "The challenge ahead is clear: Muslims must emulate their fellow monotheists by modernizing their religion with regard to slavery, interest and much else. No more fighting jihad to impose Muslim rule. No more endorsement of suicide terrorism. No more second-class citizenship for non-Muslims. No more death penalty for adultery or "honor" killings of women. No more death sentences for blasphemy or apostasy"

YES, BUT, there is NO place in islam, no reason for muslims to do so. islam cannot be anything other than what it is.

Perhaps Karen Armstrong should go to Iran, stand in the street, in a t-shirt and hot-pants and shout out very loudly, just as a test, that islam sucks and see how the ordinary, mild, non-radical muslim reacts to her anti-islamic insults. She would soon realise that islam does not have tolerance and is not designed for peace and forgiveness and crucially how brutal the response is. Wake up people, 14 centuries ago the 'west' fought against a totalitarian and rapidly expanding brutal ideology. Unless it does so again, the apologists like Armstrong will simply allow islam to walk in through the front door and, believe me, THAT will be THAT. Game Over, turkeys.

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