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How the came and what they did matters less; their constitution matters more

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Sep 8, 2018 at 17:07

Dear Dr Pipes,

Continuing my unending theme that Islamism needs to be politely and firmly opposed, I will take exception to what your reader Khalid Ibrahim from USA said. I do not expect all Muslims to agree with me but I will be happy if even some of them do. Mr Ibrahim confidently implied that people in the African continent become Muslim and stay that way because Muslims came to the continent and stayed there while Christian missionaries came to Africa and either went back after converting people or colonized the the continent. Mr Ibrahim is wrong on many counts. One of these counts could be that Islam was brought to many geographies under force and violence. But I will not rely on that that because it can not be definitively proven.

My opposition to Mr Ibrahim's view is not based on history. It is based on what is currently going on. My opposition to Mr Ibrahim is based on the history that is currently being created. As I write this note, Islamic doctrine is unacceptable in its current form for two very clear reasons. First, it does no separation between church and state. So as soon as a country becomes Islamic majority, the rulers are required to create an Islamic nation in that country and protect the so called ummah. In our current modern context, it is absurd and unacceptable. That Islam requires state to protect the religion is true historically, doctrinally and empirically and this state of affairs needs to be changed.

Second, Islam does not allow individuals to change their minds and freely express their views. Any direct or implied injunctions against apostasy in Islam need to be abolished. Individuals have every right to be wrong and/or insane. So if some one chooses to leave or criticize Islam, they should be allowed to be wrong or insane and there is no reason why Islam should recommend any harm done to these people.

So to the modern man, may choose to ignore how Islam reached a nation but it does matter to him what it does to the nation after it reaches that nation. And what Islam is doing today is neither good for Muslim nor for Non-Muslims.

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