69 million page views

moderate moslem = BIG joke

Reader comment on item: Bolstering Moderate Muslims
in response to reader comment: I am a moderate muslim

Submitted by true believer (United States), Apr 19, 2007 at 03:18

From your own admission you are just a "practicing" moslem for practical reasons. You appear to have been a family act as one because it is convenient or maybe a precondition for your existence, aka survival.

If you look at any turn arounds in history where violent/evil cults/regimes were over thrown/changed, it was either by use of force or reforms from within. Use of external force does not seem to help because entire populations are infected with islamic radicalism and the west that has the means to use force today cannot/will not target these populations per se. Force can be applied internally where rebels or protestors vastly outnumber their opressors/rulers and are ready to pay back in the same kind. And finally we have reforms but they have to come from within and this is an impossibility in Islam.

But in case of the so called moderate moslems, they are too few and far to make a difference. They can't/won't criticize extremists for obvious reasons. Even if they dared protest they would be wiped out without any qualms by the extremist mollas who have no moral compunctions about blowing trains or planes or even entire continents if they could. Obviously moderates won't go around blowing up the radicals.

Most the so called moderate moslems are indeed apologists using the media to hoodwink the west. The rest just attempt to do a tight-rope between their extreme ideology and the need to be conform to the west balancing their convictions with their own selfish interests. Islam is a self imposed ideology and extreme to the core. If at all a moslem in an islamic setting attempts to break free, the society or the government will strangle him. In short a moderate moslem (if he really exists) won't bother to change things.

Ex-moslems are a different story. They are a rare and endangered species who had the guts and conviction to cross the ideolodical rubicon , especially those who have done it publicly.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)