Is violence a strength or a weakness of Islam?

Mark Durie is an expert on Islam and an Anglican pastor in Melbourne. This post on Mark’s blog highlights how some Islamic authorities see violence—especially the responsibility to kill the person who leaves the Islamic faith—as essential to Islam. In fact according to the religious leader on this Youtube clip, without the apostate law Islam would not have survived. And on the same subject: it’s difficult to work out what Barney Zwartz (Religion Editor of The Age) really thought of provocative Dutch politician, Geert Wilder’s secret press conference about the dangers of Islam. Just assuming for the sake of argument that Wilders only spoke the truth about Islam, should he be criticised for it? Or should Mark Durie be castigated for hate-speech?
|Difficulty: Easy |Tag: Islam | Time: 8 min |

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