I think forcing people to uncover their head is as tyrannical as forcing them to cover it.
Disapproving and boycotting is the Quranic thing to do, whereas violence and threats are not.
It is no secret that many Islamic movements in the Middle East tend to be authoritarian, and some of the so-called 'Islamic regimes' such as Saudi Arabia, Iran - and the worst case was the Taliban in Afghanistan - they are pretty authoritarian. No doubt about that.
The main bone of contention is whether Islamic injunctions are legal or moral categories. When Muslims say Islam commands daily prayers or bans alcohol, are they talking about public obligations that will be enforced by the state or personal ones that will be judged by God?
The Arab Spring has heightened the ideological tension between Ankara and Tehran, and Turkey's model seems to be winning.
Rage is a sign of nothing but immaturity. The power of any faith comes not from its coercion of critics and dissenters. It comes from the moral integrity and the intellectual strength of its believers.
Those who hope to nurture genuine religiosity should first establish liberty.
There are strengths in Islamic tradition. Islam actually, as a monotheistic religion, which defined man as a responsible agent by itself, created the idea of the individual in the Middle East and saved it from the communitarianism, the collectivism of the tribe.
Even touching Erdogan is a form of worship.
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