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Reader comment on item: Figuring out Radical Islam

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jul 16, 2016 at 10:55

Dear Dr Pipes, When did some one blame 'radical Hindus" for the caste system? The answer is never. When we attribute blame for caste system, we (rightly) implicate the Hindu religion and society in entirety.

It is about time that we drop the descriptions like 'radical', 'fundamentalists', 'jihadi', and 'extremists' when we describe wanton and world-wide killings by some Muslim people in the name of Islam. We all know very well that not all Muslim people are bad. We all know that there are good Muslim musicians, philanthropists, entertainers, scientists, industrialists, and parents. But those who shamelessly kill others do not identify themselves as radical, jihadi, or extremists. They identify themselves as Muslims. So there is no reason why we should make their life easy.

"Some Muslim people killed a lot of innocent human beings in Orlando, Dhaka, Paris, Brussels and Nice in the name of Islam" is the correct description of the situation. If you do not like this description, work to change it. That should be the end of the matter.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

How can you claim that all Muslims are the same, that all are Islamist? How much proof do you need that that's not the case. Let me just cite the tens of millions on the streets in Egypt in June 2013. Case closed.

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