Fellow blogger, Anjuli Pandavar, an ex-Muslim, and an atheist for 37 years (so far), writes this poignant piece. Within, she carefully constructs an argument, from intimate experience, of how it is impossible for a “moderate” Muslim (which she defines) to truly claim that they are an adherent of the Qur’an.
Moderate Western Muslims, if they are unable to insulate the Qur’an from scrutiny, will perform the most extraordinary linguistic and conceptual acrobatics to sanitise the Qur’an for 21st-century sensibilities, their sensibilities. If the Qur’an is not under assault, then moderate Muslims can usually find some workable balance between their humanity and their faith by ignoring parts of their humanity and ignoring parts of their faith.
While this piece is specifically about Muslims, the logic gleaned from it, can be applied to those adherents of the Christian faith, the religious faith that I come from. Read the rest of the piece here.