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01/18/2015

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RalphB

If this story means that the Muslim Brotherhood plan for America is crumbling in the face of Americanized Muslims, it is nothing but good news.

If AlQaisi wants to present an Islam to young Muslims that offers "authentic answers in an American context," who are we anti-Jihadists to complain that this is not the Islam of Muhammad? We will probably wait a long time for an openly Reformed Islam, but meanwhile, these wishy-washy compromises may offer a way out of open apostasy for Americanized Muslims, right?

On the other hand, I cannot help but remember these immortal words of wisdom:

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1. In any conflict between two men (or two groups) who hold the same basic principles, it is the more consistent one who wins.
2. In any collaboration between two men (or two groups) who hold different basic principles, it is the more evil or irrational one who wins.
3. When opposite basic principles are clearly and openly defined, it works to the advantage of the rational side; when they are not clearly defined, but are hidden or evaded, it works to the advantage of the irrational side.
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—Ayn Rand, "The Anatomy of Compromise" in Capitalism the Unknown Ideal (1966).

I agree with Rand. There is no way a watered-down Islam can supersede the authentic and original Islam. The only solution to the problems of the original Islam is to replace it with an enlightened, rational and life-affirming world view.

Islam needs an enlightenment that political Islam cannot survive; it has brought us far too much evil; we cannot allow it. A cultural Islam can survive an enlightenment if it abandons the savagery of jihad, FGM, honor killings, and the rest and embraces the positive values of work, family, poetry, decorative arts, calligraphy, architecture, scholarship and free trade that have always survived in Muslim lands.

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