Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
In case you haven’t yet heard, The SPLC has published a list of what they call Islamophobes. I prefer the traditional term, which is simply racist. Or in this precise case what I’d call racist opportunists. You can read more about the debacle here. Included in the list were two people of some renown in atheist circles, Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Now, far be it from me to criticise people who criticise religion- I’m all for that- but these two are indeed a special case. Their names link to two articles which paint an interesting picture.
As I see it, they’ve simply found an exceedingly effective way to make the news. To get talked about. One that seems to be increasingly popular. You say something borderline like…
And bang. Guaranteed exposure. Controversy et al. This is actually a very straightforward issue, so I won’t beat around the bush. Both Nawaz and Ali treat Islam as The Worst of religions. Somehow a Catholic can divorce and still be a Catholic. A Jew can eat scallops and still be a Jew- but Muslims? They’re incapable of being Muslim without the bombie-bombie-kill-kill part. This is of course hogwash. Muslims are just as happy as anyone else to leave religious rules by the wayside as soon as they can. And if you don’t believe me, look up the numbers of how many people actually go to mosque in France or in the UK. French people even manage to live in a country with one of the biggest Muslim populations in the western world without being subjected to sharia law- or watching adulteresses get stoned in the street. In fact I still haven’t heard of the European Muslim baker who wants to refuse service to gay people.