On Islam, Sam Harris, and Batman
(fully prepared to get flamed for this)
When it comes to criticizing Islam, I think that many people err on the side of caution out of a desire to appear to be inclusive and non-racist. This need to avoid appearing racist comes from a good place - after all, the history of white supremacy in this country is well-documented.
However, the road to (figurative) hell is paved with good intentions.
I don’t think we should be pulling punches or willfully ignoring the realities of the world just to avoid hurting some feelings. This is of course not to say we shouldn’t be sensitive, or should speak without tact. But, too many people swing too far the other way and in a knee-jerk manner, label all critics of Islam as racists or Islamophobes.
As an example, I can criticize Christians all I want. Aside from some yelps from the Westboro-types, most of what I would hear would be grudging agreement, or perhaps a “I’m a Christian but I’m not one of THOSE Christians”. But, level a similar criticism at Islam and you’re branded a racist, Islamophobe, or worse - a Right-Winger.
All I’m trying to say is the criticisms of Islam are as valid as the criticisms of any other organized religion.
I am not here to say all Muslims are violent extremists.
I am here to say Islam is worthy of criticism, and if I am not going to paint Muslims with a broad brush, you shouldn’t paint me with one, either.