At a recent debate over the battle for Islamic ideals in
But in the same debate, held on the prestigious grounds of
"This is not ideology,” one young Muslim man said waving his finger at the radicals. “It's a mental illness."
But a Joe Gandelman at the Moderate Voice, who considers himself a centrist, took issue with that dissenting opinion.
Sadly, it is not an ‘mental illness’ at all and calling it like that denies the very real danger this ideology poses to non-extremist Muslims and to non-Muslims. It is not a mental illness, it is a very dangerous ideology, that appeals to quite some young Muslims for different reasons....There is a battle going on for the soul of Islam (in
Europe), so much is clear.
Well, Mr. Gandelman, I disagree. That battle over Islam today is not over its soul – but its mind.
I’ve written quite about Islam and mental illness. The struggle between the Islamists and those moderate Muslims of Islam is not over Islam’s soul – but over its mind.
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