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How do we inspire them to want to reinterpret it? By banning it, of course.

Reader comment on item: Pope Benedict XVI and the Koran
in response to reader comment: So what?

Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Jan 18, 2006 at 04:56

You're right, there's no chance Muslims will ever accept Westerners' suggestions as to how to reinterpret their Koran, traditions, and laws. But if the West prohibits the practice of Islam, the need for reform will be strongly felt within Islam. That would help. And Muslims who already want to reform but don't because it would endanger them and their families would have a safe heaven for preparing the job. Yes, those people's enemies are our enemies too, so let's defend them against Middle-Aged jihad fighters: let's ban their old religion until it's been reformed.

Banning Islam, temporarily of course, would be a quite sound move indeed, provided it is credibly presented as a way to promote a due reform. In the last analysis, only enemies of progress, of life, could oppose it.

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