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Reader comment on item: Can Islam Be Reformed?

Submitted by Christopher Game (United States), Jul 1, 2013 at 19:17

Our doughty and much respected and fondly regarded Daniel is optimistic here. I have a neighbour down the street who tells me that he is a Bahai, and that is a religion that came as a further revelation beyond that announced by Mohammed. I suppose that would make Bahai a kind of reformed Islam? One could perhaps argue that Islam itself is intended to be a reformed version of Judaism/Christianity.

Sometimes it has been said that Communism is a kind of muscular Christianity. Some well-intentioned people think that smooth talk, of "human rights" and the like, expresses a "higher ethic" or morality that supersedes "silly old-fashioned religions" such as Judaism and Christianity. Would Daniel's reformed Islam still call itself Islam? How long does Daniel expect us to wait for Islam to prohibit and prevent Islamism?


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