Friday, May 06, 2016
On evolving conservatism regarding Islam
Regarding Islam and the arguments over whether it is a peaceful or warrior religion, I think it is essentially a warrior religion, with many more verses in the Koran affirming war than peace. The point is to transform Islam, if not into a peaceful religion, at least into a religion which is not dedicated to imperialism and dictatorship over all other religions---Islamic warriors are told to be “victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist.” Koran 61:9.
Transforming Islam will save Islam. In our crowded world today, the whole world gangs up on totalitarian dictatorships and they do not last long. Seeking to utterly destroy Islam, as some in the West want to do, makes us no less dictatorial than they are. People, ethnic groups, religions, and distinct cultures require their own territories---not the whole world---where natural variety in evolution can take place, and be protected. But it must still be understood that peace without military protection does not bring peace.