Moderate Islam: Is It A Myth? The Great Debate

Published: March 14th 2010

From left: Dr. Wafa Sultan, Avi Benlolo, CEO Simon Wiesenthal Center, Canada, Dr. Daniel Pipes

In short, “Sultan believes that “The trouble with Islam is deeply rooted in its teaching. Islam is not only a religion. Islam is also a political ideology that preaches violence and applies its agenda by force.”


The conflict with Israel is related to Islamic doctrine. Once a country has been conquered by Muslims, it belongs to them forever. Jewish hatred is deeply rooted in Muslims. Mohammed said, "Kill the Jews until the Judgement Day.” She was so deeply indoctrinated with this hatred that at eight, if someone would have offered her chocolate or to kill a Jew, she would have chosen the latter.


In 2006 Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates, was named in Time Magazine in a list of 100 influential people in the world “whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world. Sultan’s influence flows from her willingness to express openly critical views on Islamic extremism that are widely shared but rarely aired by other Muslims.”


"Our job", she says, is to “rid ourselves of political correctness. Choose the proper terms to describe reality and truth.”


Sultan offers very little hope in the near future. “We can’t reform Islam but we can reform Muslim minds. Its begun, but it will take a few generations.”


Pipes is more hopeful. “Things change over time.” He points out the anti-Semitism in the New Testament and over the ages and how Christians and Jews have better relations now than ever before.


Pipes believes that while moderate Muslims may be small in number, the US government should support them in every way possible. “Radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam is the solution. There is no other.”


Sultan had the last word. “The best part of this debate is that at the end of this debate, I know there will not be a fatwa issued against me,” she told the audience smiling.


The evening was sponsored and organized by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

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