What is one to make of these initiatives? First, some history. Precedents exist from an earlier era, when intolerant Christian governments forced Muslims to convert, notably in 16th-century Spain
In perhaps the most serious contemporary attempt to ban the Koran, a Hindu group argued in 1984ˆ85 that the Islamic scriptures
The taking of this demand, known as "The Calcutta Quran Petition
Pim Fortuyn (1948-2002) led the most consequential effort so far to end Muslim emigration, in his case, to the Netherlands.
This early petition set the standard in terms of collecting objectionable Koranic verses. Other efforts have been more rhetorical and less operational. The most consequential was by Pim Fortuyn
The coordinator of Italy's Northern League
A British member of Parliament, Boris Johnson
Other Western countries witnessed lesser efforts: Norway's Kristiansand Progress Party
Elsewhere, writers have made the same demands. Switzerland's Alain Jean-Mairet
The 2006 movie V for Vendetta
My take? I understand the security-based urge to exclude the Koran, Islam, and Muslims, but these efforts are too broad, sweeping up inspirational passages with objectionable ones, reformers with extremists, friends with foes. Also, they ignore the possibility of positive change.
More practical and focused would be to reduce the threats of jihad and Shariah by banning Islamist interpretations of the Koran, as well as Islamism and Islamists. Precedents exist. A Saudi-sponsored Koran was pulled from school libraries
Islam is not the enemy, but Islamism is. Tolerate moderate Islam