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.