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My heuristic about the secular auto rats.

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Aug 4, 2022 at 02:06

Dear Dr Pipes,

Your reader Boris from Australia wondered if certain maladies of theocratic Islamic regimes also apply to Islamic societies ruled by secular auto rats. This question is very pertinent. I use a heuristic to determine if I need to give any extra slack to secular autocrats of the Islamic world. I immediately go to the source and refer to the full name of the country and its constitution. If the world Islamic occurs in the name of the country, it gets no leeway from me. If the constitution of the country declares that its purpose is to protect Islam, then also it gets no leeway. I recently used this heuristic to evaluate the (so called) Palestinian Authority in the following message to this forum: https://www.danielpipes.org/comments/284201

To me, autocratic Islamic nations are doubly bad: because they are theocracies and because they are autocratic. Most Islamic countries qualify!

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