Sunday, July 24, 2005

This article, on the other hand, I don't get

Mr. Pearl spells out the chilling ramifications: "In other words, belief in basic tenets of faith provides an immutable protection from charges of apostasy." Even what Mr. Pearl calls "anti-Islamic behavior," including "the advocacy of mass murder in the name of religion, cannot remove that protection," he writes. "Bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the murderers of Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg will remain bona fide members of the Muslim faith, as long as they do not explicitly renounce it."

Well in any religion without a central authority, you'll have the same problem. It's not like it's a Muslim thing. And of course even in religions with a central authority that speaks authoritatively on a subject, everyone still ignores it for the most part and talks about the brave people standint up to it. Sigh.

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