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Reader comment on item: [Ex-Muslims:] The Challenge to Islam It Has Never Faced

Submitted by Malcolm (Australia), Jan 9, 2022 at 18:34

"Historically protected by custom and law from any kind of criticism, Islam lacks defenses for such critiques:"

The first 300 years of Christianity were spent as a persecuted minority in the Roman Empire. The result was that Christians developed the art of apologetics: of explaining and defending the faith to outsiders. Islam, on the other hand, began as an empire. Other religions were forbidden to preach to Muslims, and they themselves were under relentless pressure to convert - not by persuasion, but by persecution. The result is that when Muslims come to a free country and discover that people can actually - hell forbid! - preach against Islam, they don't know what to do, so they fall back on the default position of trying to silence them by force.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Well put.

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