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Islamic doctrine and consistency of pattern of Islamic violence is what I object to

Reader comment on item: A Century of the Muslim Brotherhood
in response to reader comment: Religious History in India Had Earlier Contentions of Faith When Hindu Adherents Terminated St Thomas' Ministry Near Madras

Submitted by Prashant (India), Oct 19, 2022 at 07:11

Dear Dr Pipes, M Tovey is right about the opposition that St. Thomas' ministry faced in India. It will be wrong for me to declare that Hindus of India never did any harm to anyone in India. I am certain that Hindus harmed others at different times in History.

What I object to regarding Islam can be summarized as follows. The following few things combine to create a historic pattern that is unique to Islam and is very disturbing:

1. Doctrinal support for violence in the Islamic scripture.

2. Franchising the authority to start violence to all Muslims.

3. Non-separation of church and state and partnership between the two to advance Islam.

4. Consistency with which Muslims have used violence in many nations and many centuries.

5. Islamic religious leadership (Muhammad and the early Caliphs) were army generals themselves and they set many poor examples.

Religions are competing forces and they run into conflicts with each other. How frequently and recently bad things have been done by a group is of paramount importance.


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