An ex-Muslim exposes the “Islamophobia” canard

Here’s another little bit of stuff to read. You probably know that I disagree with Sam Harris on a number of issues… but often enough he’ll hit it out of the park. Enjoy

Why Evolution Is True

It’s deeply misguided to criticize the New Atheists for attacking Islam and branding it as an especially pernicious faith. It’s even more misguided to label them as racist “Islamophobes”. Such critics are in fact erecting a double standard for human rights, as Islam is clearly more oppressive than other major faiths, and more eager to impose its religious “truths” on others. It is the faith whose members can embrace burqas, honor killings, fatwas, and acid attacks on schoolgirls. It is the unique faith that threatens to exterminate people who name teddy bears after their prophet. (I’ll be discussing the new Pew Report on Muslim beliefs later this week).

Two nice palliatives to the “Islamophobia” canard have been published in the last week. Ali A. Rivzi’s piece in PuffHo, An atheist Muslim’s perspective on the ‘root causes’ of Islamist jihadism and the politics of Islamophobia, is particularly telling…

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  1. A very good post. I enjoyed it.

    I’d take exception to the “extremist” definition, only because there are different ways extremism can be expressed within any given group. Extremism isn’t “adherence to fundamentals” as much as it’s taking one particular subtheme and running with it. Of course, in the case of Islam, it’s less of a subtheme and more of a rule.

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