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Islam is (also) a political party

Reader comment on item: Linda Sarsour, The Left's Latest Star
in response to reader comment: Will The Real Linda Sarsour Wear a Burqa or Niqab?

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Feb 6, 2017 at 22:19

Dear Dr Pipes,

Your reader Mike Ramirez kind of exposed Linda Sarsour's hypocrisy for enjoying the freedoms offered by the US while preaching for Islam. Let no one among us forget that if you do not separate a religion from the state, the religion inevitably (also) becomes a political party. Islam is, thus, a political party whose purpose is to grab influence and land through political means. Islam is doing exactly this all over the world and Ms Sarsour is a card carrying member of the party.

The above description might look strange (specially to apologists of Islam) but if you parse it sentence by sentence, you will find that every sentence is true. So, what is the solution? Well, as I have said many times on this forum, if Islam does not separate between religion and politics, we need to do it for it. The protection to religious sensibilities that we often extend to religions, need not be extended to the political part of Islam. Criticizing Islamic economics/finance/social-engineering/politics must be a fair game. We should treat Linda Sarsour as a politician and not as a religious whatever.


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