Geoffff's Joint, Bar and Grill is having a discussion around this topic, one that I had a few words for in Israel Thrives. I tend to agree with Geoffff's position on this question. - Mike L.
On the question of what is the enemy. "Islam", the religion, with its genocidal antisemitism and other alarming features such as homosexual homicide , female subjugation, infidel beheading, God made law and global imperialism
Political Islam or Islamism, the ideology that captures these features and turn them into a means of oppression, control and violent aggression
I actually have strong views on this.
Definitely Islamism or Political Islam
pre-Enlightenment Islam ?
It is a great mistake to attack a religion no matter how vile are some of the passages at least in the context of this struggle. We are not theologians. Or at least I'm not.
Mike is right that there are many Muslims who just want to get on with their lives and practice their religion in peace. In the West there is no reason why that can not be a religion of peace.
In fact we should insist on it.
Of course the religion is problematic but this depends on how it is taught and presented. In this part of the world there are many Muslims who have no stake in the Middle East . A past President of Indonesia was an eminent Muslim cleric who turned out to be an admirer and friend of Israel. Israel has friends in the Muslim world and there are Muslim countries that have accepted her. Right now Jordanian and Israeli special forces are carrying out coordinated secret operations on the Syrian side of the borders against Assad special forces.
How the religion is presented. The prophet mentioned most after Mohammed in the Koran is Moses. Far more than Jesus. Jesus scores only about 15 mentions while Moses is up around the 100 mark. There is even a passage about Moses leading his people to "their sacred land"
The Koran is not alone in having its bracing parts. The Christian Bible is notorious as we know which means Christians would certainly be a problem if we lost the Enlightenment This of course is the reason antisemitism is suddenly back in fashion in certain parts of the Protestant clergy and why they have attached themselves so closely to Islamic clerics and the Palestinian cause..
They are hoping for a seat at the top table once the secular state has been swept aside and the boys in the hoods are calling the shots once again. I bet they wank themselves silly over that fantasy. Still . Gives the kids a break I suppose.
And dare I mention it? There are some pretty torrid pieces in the Hebrew Bible as well. Quite a bit in there that you might find challenging as a modern woman. And as I recall the rules for dealing with a man who lies with a man as a woman do not leave much room for discussion. God made himself very clear on that one. That hasn't stopped Tel Aviv having Mardi Gras parades and gay bars and Israel being a sanctuary for Palestinian homosexuals. These days the only way a Jewish gay anywhere could get stoned to death is if it was self inflicted.
Right now there are respectable Muslim clergy who do not see their religion the same way as the lunatics in Tehran and Gaza. They are perhaps envisaging a post-Enlightenment Islam.They should not be discouraged. That is one way out of this mess.