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Reforming Islam

Reader comment on item: Can Islam Be Reformed?

Submitted by Carl (United States), Jul 1, 2013 at 18:31

With all due respect, Dr. Pipes, your vision of Muslims demanding from their religious authorities free speech, equality before the law for non-Muslims, gender equality, and other human rights denied or diminished by Sharia is a "Pipe" dream. Precisely, which verses of the Koran do you expect these Muslim reformers to renounce and reject? Even if Islam is ever reformed in this way, it won't be Islam anymore. So, what you are advocating, essentially, is that Muslims massively abandon Islam but keep the name. Someone once said that you can straighten out a corkscrew, but you won't have a corkscrew anymore. So it is with Islam.

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