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Questionnaire overextends its reach.

Reader comment on item: [Finding Moderate Muslims:] Do you believe in modernity?

Submitted by Emmanuel P (France), Nov 19, 2004 at 21:01

The questionnaire overextends its reach. I believe the questionnaire is unnecessarily difficult because you know there are some questions that no practicing Muslim can agree on. For example, no Muslim who reads the Quran actively would be able to say that women deserve equal rights on testifying in court because the Quran simple says that they don't. Those questions are irrelevent too. Those are what I would call, "domestic disputes" within Islam and there is no need for the purpose of this questionnaire to get involved. The first section on violence is all good and should remain, calling on the denunciation by name as terrorist organizations all of the mentioned organizations. Also, the question over whether they accept Christian majority secular government is a good one too. The question about what the origin of the suicide hijacking is not bad too. The domestic issues are unnecessary. Mostly what is interesting is their stance on violence and obedience to the idea of a secular state.

Also, I happen to be a lefty, so I am out of synch with much of what Daniel Pipes says, but I think it is important to be active against Islamic radicalism.


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