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Reader comment on item: Bush Declares War on Radical Islam

Submitted by Robby (United States), Oct 11, 2005 at 22:02

Mr. Pipes: You said that Pres Bush:

# Presented this "murderous ideology" of Islamic radicals "the great challenge of our new century."
# Distinguished it from the religion of Islam.

Please help me to understand why the Koran (including it's violent verses) does not represent true Islam. It appears to me that for a Muslim to pick and choose from the volume that represents the "constitution" of that religion is not really Islam. The fundamentalists seem to represent the "faithful" and true, unfortunately.

Likewise, of course, as as a gentile and a Christian, I see my instructions and creed coming from St Paul's gospel and the rest of the New Testament. If I make no attempt to keep Jesus' commands as written and handed down, I think what I would be practicing
would not be true Christianity. It would be some kind of powerless man-made mishmosh. I might be only a "law unto myself", or only "sounding brass".

So- which Koranic verses are not valid for Muslims to follow? Is there an authoratative list somewhere? How can I discern what sort of Muslim believer does not want to kill me or make me his slave, because Allah is not my god?

I suspect that we need to know our enemy's creeds and goals a lot more than we do now.

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