Islam slipping in Iran.
Islam slipping in Iran: Commentator Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former
CIA staffer, wrote in The New York Times last week that Iran is fast
becoming a secular nation. He recalled that as the West moved from
autocracy to democracy it progressively shed or depoliticized
Christianity. "The same process is happening to Islam in
Iran," he wrote. "As a result, millions of Iranians--the sons
and daughters of once faithful revolutionaries--have secularized.
Whereas secularizing Westernized autocracies like the Shah's
prompted upwellings of religious radicalism, Iran's religious
dictatorship has produced a softening secularization that is likely to
last, since both non-religious and faithful Iranians increasingly see
representative government as indispensable to their values."