have read a great number of your articles.
I must say I support scholarly critique.
But the impression I get from you and your website is simply
that if you follow Islam in anyway, specifically if you practice it
peacefully the way the “untrue” Muslims do, they do not have a
right to exist in the west period.
So if I brought to you a professor of philosophy and religion
who supported Islam, would you call him stupid? This is not
criticism, this is malicious attack.
I can respect logical criticism, but to just yell at people
and tell them they are stupid and the book they believe in is
stupid, seems very immature and unscholarly.
Based on what I’ve read you make a presupposed assumption:
that all the Muslims that practice are these fundamentalists, but
there is also a large number of “moderates” or as you call them
“untrue” Muslims. Is
it really fair to call them stupid in debate? I remember in one
instance you had a debate with a Muslim, who was actually an author.
He wrote a book on Islamic terrorism.
You seemed to respect him since he was a Muslim but
admittedly opposed the Islamists in the middle east.
There are many like him, why attack taunt and ridicule them
in such a hostile way? It seems the mutual respect is lost between
two intellectuals having a discussion and is transgressed into a
situation of just name calling.
For example, I read in your personal testimony that you grew
up in a family of moderate Muslims.
Would you call any Muslim thinker similar to your family,
stupid, terrorist, etc.? You see there is a difference between
saying “I hate Islam” and “I hate you because you practice
Islam”. Racism is
defined as prejudice against someone for their personal beliefs.
I have ideological differences with Islam, and my criticism
of it is different from the one your website advocates.
But just because I differ in personal opinion, I’m not
going to march outside a mosque and yell obscenities at people I
don’t even know. I’m
not going to judge them. The
non-muslims you speak of who are fair to say what they want about
muslims are not all so innocent.
In my town, after September 11th, there was this
small Pakistani fast food place owned by a very small family, nice
people, and very respectful. Someone
attempted to set it on fire. Is
this the kind of act you are encouraging? They had nothing to do
with Islamic fundamentalism. They
were just a simple family trying to make some money.
hope we at least can keep this discussion on a high level of
respect. I’d really
appreciate a response. Thank