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What about Muhammad and the Quran?

Reader comment on item: Combating the Ideology of Radical Islam

Submitted by Rick Flanders (United States), Apr 15, 2003 at 02:26

You distinguish between moderate Islam, which you just call Islam, and violent Islam, which you call Islamism. It is perfectly legitimate to categorize Muslims as either moderate or fanatical, but would you make the same distinction when discussing Muhammad and the Quran? ...

The Quran prescribes terror, murder and torture upon all non-Muslims and especially the people of the book. Why is Islamic fundamentalism considered dangerous? Because its adherents take the fundamental precepts taught in the Quran literally and seriously.

Of, course, most Muslims are not violent. A moderate Muslim is one who chooses a moderate interpretation. So is the problem with Islam? Obviously, it is, since the Quran is the ideology of a murderous thief. A more proper distinction then would be that the Quran is the manifesto of a terrorist, but most Muslims choose to interpret his writings in a moderate light.

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