Mus­lim Man­i­festo

The Church of England - - LETTERS - Dr J Matthews, Ware­ham

Sir, Like Peter Mullen (10 April), I found the Mus­lim Man­i­festo pre­pared for the Gen­eral Elec­tion left me some­what con­fused.

But one of their items (23) was clear and pleased me.

“Sup­port the in­tro­duc­tion of more rig­or­ous and an­a­lyt­i­cal re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion in all Bri­tish schools that takes a bal­anced and crit­i­cal ap­proach to the ma­jor world’s re­li­gions.”

Does that mean that we can dis­cuss safely and openly in our schools where the Qur’an came from, why we have seven ver­sions, and why in places are there con­tra­dic­tory in­struc­tions about how Mus­lims should be­have to­wards non-Mus­lims?

I un­der­stand the last point - its all about ab­ro­ga­tion, or over-rul­ing, of the ear­lier texts.

But peo­ple are edgy about Mus­lims and the ‘war verses’ in the Qur’an be­cause the ab­ro­ga­tions are dis­puted and his­tor­i­cally it seems that the ‘war verses’ came af­ter the ‘peace verses’. Clar­ity is called for.

And what about the mul­ti­ple ver­sions and in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the Ha­diths and Sharia?

If Mus­lims are se­ri­ous about this item and start the process them­selves, then their other 31 re­quests could eas­ily start to fall into place to their sat­is­fac­tion with­out any spe­cific ef­fort on the part of our politi­cians.

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