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Violent Islam - the correct response

Reader comment on item: Intimidating the West, from Rushdie to Benedict

Submitted by G. Mcme (Canada), Sep 27, 2006 at 14:57

I think what needs to be done is that the Imams local to an area of violent response need to be held responsible for any deaths their teachings inctite. These are hate crimes for which the death penalty should be imposed. In other words we need a 'holy war' against the preachers of violence. They need to personally exercise what they are encouraging others to do - that is to give their own life to their cause.

I think that once this process of elimination was understood by the power seeking Imams they would tone down their religious rhetoric. I believe that for the Imams it is a political struggle that uses religion to incite violence and intimidation to gain relevance and power. We need to engage in our own 'holy war' to weed out the preachers of violence. When all of the scholars of violence have been silenced then perhaps the Koran teachings might be amended to a more civilized and peaceful source of inspiration.

Milosovich may have been wrong - only because he involved whole communities and not just it's preachers.


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