Why Islam Likely Can't Be Reformed
What it would take -- as I have said in numerous blog posts and what ex-Muslim Hamed Abdel-Samad, an author and political scientist, says in this two-minute video.
As @TarekFatah tweeted from Samad's words in the video: "I don't believe in reform of Islam. I believe in the reformability of thinking Muslims."
In short, Samad says -- and is surely right -- that to reform Islam, Muslims must put aside Mohammed and the Quran.
This is why I think Islam cannot be reformed.
To explain further what he's saying:
To reform Islam, Muslims have to get rid of Mohammed as a role model they must emulate. The man raped, looted, mass-murdered, and took a 6-year-old as a wife. He was, it seems, a psychopath using Islam to serve his needs.
And Muslims have to stop seeing the Quran's words as Allah's words, to be unquestionably followed. This is how the Quran has been set up. However, for Islam to not be a pernicious force on this planet, Muslims have to start seeing the Quran's dictates as seventh century dictates, "to be read in the context of the seventh century." In other words, not appropriate for modern life. So, no, Muslims should not be murdering apostates, for one.
I doubt that these changes can be made or made in any reasonable amount of time.
I think Samad is probably worth reading. Here's his book on Amazon, that grew out of a lecture he gave in Cairo -- resulting in a call for his death by three prominent Egyptian clerics.