“In his remarks, Mayor Livingston said he was hosting the event because he wanted to avoid repeating the “tragedy” of the last century – that is to say, the Cold War, which he suggested without bothering to offer evidence, was a sinister plot designed by a small group of Americans who were intent on world domination.” “The mayor did take pains to reject the notion that he was a multicultural absolutist by affirming that not all cultural norms are acceptable, pointing out that even he could see the error in cannibalism or female genital mutilation.”
“Dr. Pipes in his remarks, rejected the notion of a clash of civilizations and said that what he saw taking place was a battle between civilization and barbarism. He went on to say that in his mind, civilization was the place where freedom and the rule of law prevail, and that it was not the exclusive province of any culture, religion, or race.Although Dr. Pipes refused to vilify Islam, even citing a verse from the Koran to support his argument that civilization was well within the purview of Muslims, he did say that he thinks that today’s barbaric enemy is radical Islamism, or the ideology that would impose Islamic law on everyone, including non-Muslims.
Dr. Pipes rejects sharia as a basis for law in civilized society because given the way today’s radical Islamists interpret Islamic law, this would privilege Muslims above non-Muslims, men above women, condemn homosexuals and apostates to death, and call for the stoning of adulterous women, among other details.”
Dr.Daniel Pipes has long been at the fore front in warning about the danger Islamist Extremism poses to not only the West, but in the Islamic world as well. Ironically though, he is vilified as an “Islamophobe” and “racist” by those who need him the most,.. his opponents. Pipes has nothing against Islam as a peaceful religion, and is a stalwart supporter of modernist/moderate Muslims. The only people who have anything to fear from Pipes, are the ones who have a world wide Islamist agenda, or those who are ignorant of what Pipes has actually written or said. *L* KGS