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The future of Islam

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in response to reader comment: Reinterpretation or abrogation is the only way out and ...

Submitted by Ali Baba (United States), Jul 6, 2013 at 01:37

The funny thing, Prashant, is that Islam is the prime focus of our times. Its like the Nazi obession with all things Jewish. Our media is actually suffering from an anxiety disorder...an Islamic obsessive-compulsive disorder, if you will. They are obsessed with all things Muslim (Ground Zero mosque, etc) and this in turn leads to compulsions like the Iraq war, and anti-sharia legislation in state assemblies in the US as well as places like France and Switzerland.

Just like normal people look at a patient suffering from OCD to be absurd when he has to count all the cracks in the sidewalk exactly 17 times, so too do healthy-minded people think it absurd when Dr Pipes pens articles about the dress code of Turkish Airlines.

Islam is in focus because its the last remaining prejudice that is socially acceptable. Muslims were once joined by gays, but even homosexuals are gaining rather widespread acceptance these days. Just listen to Mackelmore's "Same Love" which is blowing up pop radio these days. That was unthinkable 10 years ago. If someone makes racist or anti-semitic comments, they are thoroughly banished to the fringe of irrelavancy in whatever field they are in. When someone does the same with Islam and/or Muslims, the left will make a half-hearted attempt at condemning the bigotry but the majority of the establishment will ackowledge that though the may not agree with it, Islamophobia is still a valid position to hold.

Dr Pipes and many others believe that Islam can be won from and by the Muslim liberals within. This is an incorrect theory for the following reason. Yes, Islam has many secularists and liberals especially in the West, I consider myself to be one of them. However, they are still left-leaning! The leftist Muslims, many of whom are atheists to whom the sharia is an anathema are still vehemently anti-Zionist and pro Palestinian. Its not an Islamic religious policy, but rather a policy espoused by anyone who chooses justice and fairness over right wing self-supremacism.


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