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Is Islam a Religion?

Reader comment on item: "The Battle against Islamism Has Not Yet Started"

Submitted by Liatris Spicata (United States), Aug 18, 2016 at 10:01

Of course, Islam is one of the major religions of the world; what is there to argue about?

I take the position that any movement from which one cannot withdraw peacefully is, ipso facto, not a religion. Unlike Christianity, which itself has a bloody history, the requirement to kill apostates lies in the DNA of Islam.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I agree that the killing of apostates is a problem at the heart of Islam; but by what definition does this nullify its being a religion? I don't see that.

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