22nd August 2008

“To render Islam consistent with democratic ways will require profound changes in its interpretation. For example, the anti-democratic law of Islam, the Shari'a, lies at the core of the problem. Developed over a millennium ago, it presumes autocratic rulers and submissive subjects, emphasizes God's will over popular sovereignty and encourages violent jihad to expand Islam's borders. Further, it anti-democratically privileges Muslims over non-Muslims, males over females and free persons over slaves.”

Daniel Pipes

2 Responses to “22nd August 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    What is more, Muslims are taught to believe in creationism, anti-evolutionism, young Earth and other anti-scientific dictates, and that paradise with Allah lies in the skies seven layers of heaven above Jerusalem, … and so on. When you meet a Muslim—same as with many christians—be aware that creationist ideas too are lurking inside their heads.
    After nearly 1400 years it is difficult for moderates to modify much of Islam now. There will always be fundamentalists in this as in other religions. The initial hope is that more moderate interpretations of Islam will first prevail, perhaps as may be beginning to happen in parts of otherwise secular France.

  2. Hypatia Says:

    The initial hope is that more moderate interpretations of Islam will first prevail, perhaps as may be beginning to happen in parts of otherwise secular France.

    Unfortunately Islam is very resistant to change. The other hope is therefore that improved standards of education and exposure to the wider world will render it less popular.