The news article below provides a concise illustration of why any Islamic “Reformation” is unlikely ever to occur. From ANSAmed:
(ANSAmed) – TUNIS, JANUARY 31 – A group of people who showed up yesterday at the airport in Tunis to peacefully protest the return of the leader of the Islamist movement Ennahda, Rached Ghannouchi, chanting slogans such as “yes to Islam, no to Islamism,” were attacked by his supporters, thousands of which had gathered in the arrivals area at the airport. A young Tunisian, Mehda Barsaoui, wrote to the newspapers about the incident today, saying that “we were treated like unbelievers, Zionists, young irresponsible people and that one day Allah will judge our mistakes”. Ennahda supporters started with insults and switched to physical attacks, said the young man, not only ripping the signs held by their rivals away from them, but also “slapping a woman and attacking another two friends”. “This is the freedom of expression of the Islamists,” wrote Barsaoui, “beating demonstrators and slapping women who were not in their place, since they should be at home taking care of the household chores.” [emphasis added]
Islam is a closed logical structure that automatically purges itself of any deviant elements. Much of its energy goes into maintaining a social immune system that surrounds and destroys anything it considers a pathogen — that is, any individual who evidences a failed replication of the ideological DNA of Islam.
That’s why there are so few moderate Muslims: the culture they were born into does not allow “moderate Islam” to exist. Anyone with such inclinations is either killed, driven out, or remains silent.
It’s a very ingenious system. I feel compelled to admire its effectiveness, in the same way I might admire the ruthless lethality of a particularly deadly spider.