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Response to Pipes vs. Auster Commentary

Reader comment on item: [The Search for Moderate Islam:] A Reply to Lawrence Auster

Submitted by Shari Seaman Goodman (United States), Jan 29, 2005 at 18:54

In Pipes' reply to Laurence Auster, he states "a person's faith is not within my purview, only the person's politics and actions". This statement fails to recognize that the politics and actions by Muslims is directly derived from Islam and its teachings. While not all Muslims abide by Islam's teachings, the ones that do can claim the Koran as its instructor; hence, there is a direct correlation between the actions of Muslims and Islam. I believe Auster is correct to believe that Islam itself is a force that must be dealt with, and until we see a reformation within Islam, it would be unwise to assume that the elimination of militant Islam which is an expression of Islam, could serve as a long term peaceul solution.


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