Those words were spoken by Dr. Wafa Sultan in a NYT article discussing her journey from devout Islam to the secular world. Her appearance on Al-Jazeera caused a firestorm when she bluntly questioned Islam in its own back yard. This woman and people like her are a greater threat to the reactionary imams who rule the Muslim world than any Cursader army could ever be. Her book entitled The Escaped Prisoner: When God is a Monster will be ready for publication soon.
In the interview, which has been viewed on the Internet more than a million times and has reached the e-mail of hundreds of thousands around the world, Dr. Sultan bitterly criticized the Muslim clerics, holy warriors and political leaders who she believes have distorted the teachings of Muhammad and the Koran for 14 centuries.
She said the world's Muslims, whom she compares unfavorably with the Jews, have descended into a vortex of self-pity and violence.
Dr. Sultan said the world was not witnessing a clash of religions or cultures, but a battle between modernity and barbarism, a battle that the forces of violent, reactionary Islam are destined to lose.
In response, clerics throughout the Muslim world have condemned her, and her telephone answering machine has filled with dark threats. But Islamic reformers have praised her for saying out loud, in Arabic and on the most widely seen television network in the Arab world, what few Muslims dare to say even in private.
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