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If Islam is pushed by secularists

Reader comment on item: Can Islam Be Reformed?
in response to reader comment: Which modernizes first: the religion or the society?

Submitted by Jason Pappas (United States), Jul 6, 2013 at 12:09

I we take Dan Simon's thesis, that society leads and religious moderation follows, we should applaud those who push for secularism if we hope to some day see the compromise of moderation. Thus, we need people like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ibn Warraq, and Wafa Sultan to demand complete secularization--let's call them the intellecual Ataturks--if we want to see the devout retreat into presonal piety.

One doesn't get compromise by advocating compromise. One gets compromise by demanding perfection and settling for something less. Of course, we have to acknowledge that Daniel is reminding us that such a moderation is a feasible end game.


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