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Taliban militants in Afghanistan have executed a woman for adultery. The Afghan government has condemned the action as un-Islamic.

Do you hear that, Jihadistan? UN-ISLAMIC.

While you're at it, you might consider renouncing the following parts of your traditional culture, which are not found anywhere in the "أركان الإسلام" and have nothing to do with true Islam:

  • Oppressing women and minorities - you know, people like gays, Christians, Jews, Baha'is, that sort of thing.
  • Fatwas
  • Dhimmitude
  • Persecuting people who leave your faith or who embrace Western culture. (That's called free agency. It's a great thing. You ought to look into it.)1
  • Interpreting Jihad to mean "Convert or Die"
  • Among others

You see, what Jihad means is a personal struggle to become a better person, a lifelong effort to make yourself more like Allah - who is, as the Qur'an says - benevolent and merciful. I'm not even an Islamic scholar, and I know that much; and I'll stand in front of God at the last day and say so, and let the chips fall where they may.

Let Islam as a body, all billion or so of you, rise up and renounce violence and oppression, and then I will believe that Islam is, as you say, the religion of peace. But not until then.

1The topic of abuses and excesses among other faiths is reserved for a future essay, just so no one thinks we're being one-sided here.
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Colonel West tells it like it is.

I believe in a world that works for everyone, with no one left out. This includes religious freedom. But it's time to stop calling Islam a religion of peace, when it is clearly founded on principles of death and terror and conquest and bloodshed and subjugation of women and infidels.

I call on Muslims everywhere to publicly declare that they repudiate the philosophy of conquest and dhimmitude. I call on the body of Muslims in the world to root out the violent from among them, cut off their funding, isolate them from society, and excommunicate them from their supposed faith.

Then, and only then, will I believe that Islam is a religion of peace.
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Tahir ul-Qadri, founder of the Minhaj-ul-Quran International, announces a 600-page fatwa in London which condemns terrorism and declares terrorists as enemies of God.

"The anti-terrorism fatwa ... pulled no punches, declaring that terrorism was "haraam," or forbidden by the Qur'an, and that suicide bombers would be rewarded not by 72 virgins in heaven, as many terrorist recruiters promise, but with a suite in hell."

Salman Ahmad, the lead singer of the Pakistani rock band "Junoon" and author of "Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution" said, "It's about time Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda realize that Muslims will not allow their faith and identity to be hijacked by a bunch of thugs masquerading as holy men."

My comment at the CNN website:

The most discouraging thing about the abomination of terrorism has been the thundering silence from the Islamic world in general, which implies tacit approval. The more leaders who will step up and join the global condemnation of terror in the name of Islam, the faster terrorists will find themselves isolated, despised, and cut off from support and funding. This may be a small step in terms of global impact, but could have far-reaching repercussions - it takes only one snowflake to start an avalanche.

So let it be written, so let it be done!
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Finally. Someone's saying something without equivocation that I've been grumbling about since 9/11.

From "Islam has become corrupted by the ideology of a "violent minority," and it's long past time that the majority of Muslims take back their religion, writes Thomas Friedman. How? It needs a "civil war," just as America needed one to overcome the ideology of slavery. "We defeated those ideas and the individuals, leaders and institutions that propagated them, and we did it with such ferocity that five generations later some of their offspring still have not forgiven the North," he writes in the New York Times.

Islam must do the same. And to win this war, it must devote resources not only to the fight on the ground but the fight in "Virtual Afghanistan"—that "network of hundreds of jihadist websites that inspire, train, educate, and recruit young Muslims to engage in jihad." No military surge will succeed unless "there is a parallel surge—by Arab and Muslim political and religious leaders—against those who promote violent jihadism on the ground in Muslim lands and online in the Virtual Afghanistan."

Huzzah, says I. If Islam is to take a place in the global community as a viable ideology for its billion adherents, it has to cleanse the inner vessel - and that can only be done from inside.


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