In response to John Humphrys observation about Islam and democracy

To John Humphrys, the Today programme, BBC Radio 4.

Don’t quote Iran when trying to compare situations with Egypt because the Iranian revolution was an Islamist one. Look at Afghanistan and Iraq, where attempts to introduce democracy are being met with Islamic resistance, insurgence and killings. Islam does not believe in democracy but theocracy – Islam eschews freedom of expression as being un-Islamic.  

“What are the religious ideals within Islam that may oppose democracy? At core is the fact that in Islam, God is the giver of laws, and men have only limited autonomy to implement and enforce God’s laws. These laws, known as sharia, apply to all aspects of religious, political, social, and private life. Interpreted literally, they can clash with Western democratic ideals.”

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