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To save our world we must criticize Islam

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in response to reader comment: Anne Marie Waters

Submitted by Prashant, Jul 13, 2018 at 23:46

Dear Dr Pipes, Elections season is coming in Pakistan. So how is the democracy functioning in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? Today, 131 people were killed by brotherly Talebans in brotherly Pakistan in a suicide bombing. And in an unrelated event an ex Prime minister and his daughter were jailed for corruption. So like other Islamic countries, Pakistan is also in a mess!

I got reminded of these incidences in Pakistan when I read the comment by your reader Dennis Middlebrooks. Mr Middlebrooks quoted some one saying that 'we cannot criticize Islam'.

Criticism is a human privilege. The current version of Islam has brought so much disorder in the world that there is no reason why we should not have a very critical look at it. Creating a moderate Islam is not the responsibility of Muslims (they will never do it). For our own good, we need to create a democratic, modern and moderate Islam. Time is running out for us. For all of us. Hundreds of people are killed in Pakistan every year. As an Indian, it should not necessarily be my worry. But where they kill each other in Pakistan is only a few hundred miles from India. And Turkey and Syria are only few hundred miles from Europe. And Morocco is just few hundred miles from southern parts of Europe. Islamic dysfunction is everyone's problem and we cannot resolve this problem unless we do relentless objective criticism of Islam.


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