Saturday, March 04, 2006

Another Moderate Muslim Manifesto

This past week, a moderate Muslim manifesto endorsed by Salman Rushdie and other creative Muslim intellectuals got a lot of notice in western Weblogistan from such commentators as Andrew Sullivan. Now there's a new manifesto by Turks Mustafa Akyol and Zeyno Baran that is less secular than the Rushdie document, but no less strident. A sample:
While we understand the feelings of our co-religionists, we strongly urge them to refrain from rage and violence. A zeal for Allah is rightful only when it is expressed in an enlightened manner, since Allah himself has ordained a restrained response.... No state, community or individual has a right to impose Islam on others. People should accept and practice Islam not because they are forced to do so, but because they believe in its teachings.
The manifesto also recognizes the right of Israel to peacefully coexist with Palestine and condemns anti-Semitism in no uncertain terms.

I don't know anything about Akyol, but Baran works as an analyst for the right-wing Nixon Center and has an uncomfortably close relationship with the totalitarian regime in Uzbekistan. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, I guess.
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