Some really good news ! www.reformislam.org

A new user registered to our humble blog and I followed their link back to them and its very encouraging. I am delighted with it from the so far cursory look I have had at their site.
Its a group of Muslims against Shariah. I suppose one could argue that they, as reformists, would arguably not be Muslims but clearly are in the sense that post Christian peoples, or people who identify as Christians but cant imagine deferring to for example, Vatican law over civil secular law are still Christians from a historical and cultural perspective.

Here is a wonderful paragraph from their mission statement…

Islam, in its present form, is not compatible with principles of freedom and democracy. Twenty-first century Muslims have two options: we can continue the barbaric policies of the seventh century perpetuated by Hassan al-Banna, Abdullah Azzam, Yassir Arafat, Ruhollah Khomeini, Osama bin Laden, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Hizballah, Hamas, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, etc., leading to a global war between Dar al-Islam (Islamic World) and Dar al-Harb(non-Islamic World), or we can reform Islam to keep our rich culturalheritageandto cleanse our religion from the reviled relics of the past. We, as Muslims who desire to live in harmony with people of other religions, agnostics, and atheists choose the latter option. We can no longer allow Islamic extremists to use our religion as a weapon. We must protect future generations of Muslims from being brainwashed by the Islamic radicals. If we do not stop the spread of Islamic fundamentalism, our children will become homicidal zombies.

While I could take issue with the fine detail of this paragraph, as I see these fine people as in fact Islamic radicals given that their ideas are heretical to orthodox Islam I fully support them and wish them the best of luck and success with their most crucial mission to better the existence of all peoples of the world.

Another wonderful paragraph:

Accepting responsibilities
To start the healing process, we must acknowledge evils done by Muslims in the name of Islam and accept responsibility for those evils. We must remove evil passages from Islamic religious texts, so that future generations of Muslims will not be confused by conflicting messages. Our religious message should be loud and clear: Islam is peace; Islam is love; Islam is light. War, murder, violence, divisiveness & discrimination are not Islamic values.

Again, I disagree with them in the sense that it would appear that Murder violence and discrimination ARE in fact clearly at the heart of Islam. However I prefer their version and hope wholeheartedly that it becomes the new orthodoxy. Best of luck, and you fine and courageous people certainly have my full support based on what I have seen so far of your site.

 two more paragraphs I accept without comment and even the admission of these facts below is heart warming:

Sharia
Sharia Law must be abolished, because it is incompatible with norms of modern society.
Outdated practices

Any practices that might have been acceptable in the Seventh Century; i.e., stoning, cutting off body parts, marrying and/or having sex with children or animals, must be condemned by every Muslim.

 

 

OK one comment. Personally for me the issue is more one of lack of due process than the punishments. While of course stoning people to death and cutting off body parts is barbaric, the greater evil is that these things can be perpetrated on a person, especially a woman but really anyone with Koranic justification and no rational rules of evidence. This is why we see so many honour killings and murders. Because any Muslim may take lethal and often barbaric action as he sees it to be in accordance with Shariah law, with no rational process to determine the guilt or innocence of the condemned. For me, this is the far greater crime. The accuser can be also the judge jury and nearly always the executioner with state approval when in an Islamic state.
 
 Have a look at http://reformislam.org/ and see what you think. Post comments below

Eeyore

 


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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

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