Scary people? They like facts about Islam, make criticism of Islam religion of peace. Is this being anti Islam beliefs? Is this Christian hate of Islam?

Scary people? They like facts about Islam,
may make criticism of Islam religion of peace.
Is this being anti Islam beliefs?
Is this Christian hate of Islam?

 

Fred Litwin, Free Thinking FilmsFred Litwin
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Mark Durie, Islam and Islamic BeliefsMark Durie
Islam and Islamic Beliefs

Raheel Raza, Their Jihad, Not My JihadRaheel Raza
Their Jihad, Not my Jiha
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Some people I'm hanging out with

"Those are some scary people you're hanging out with," a friend commented on my involvement with counter-jihad.

Scary? Hmm. Yes, some (not all) are pretty right wing - and I'm generally what is called left. I appreciate a social safety net (which we have here in Canada) - have gladly let the government have huge chunks of my salary as a professor. After all, I enjoyed an extremely low-cost education - meaning, tax funded. And when my mother needed a quadruple bypass and then time in a recovery home, it was all taken care of. I really like that.

But I'm not here to discuss right or left.

I'm here because of the comment that these people - and you could be one of them - are scary.

Here's my quick answer.

I find the thought of sharia, not scary but quite a push to take action. I find proposed laws to limit - or even prohibit - criticism of religion an even stronger impetus to take action.

And when I read of a child with Down's Syndrome sentenced to death in Pakistan for supposedly breaking blasphemy laws - now that's quite a call to action. She's since been cleared, and the cleric central to charging her has been charged. But that doesn't change that this incident happened, and that if millions worldwide hadn't gotten involved sending emails and so on, she might very well be dead. It also doesn't change that many in Pakistan are loudly proclaiming that the blasphemy laws should be more rigorously applied.

Something wrong is going on here.

If I were in Pakistan, I'd have good reason to be scared. And even in the West, it can be scary speaking out. One wonders about fatwas. People have had fatwas issued against them. Over 100 people connected to Salman Rushdie - who has been in hiding for over 20 years because of a fatwa - have been murdered. Now that's truly scary.

All this to say that I don't find the people I'm hanging out with scary. I disagree with many on quite a number of issues - and many of them disagree with me on lots of issues - but not on issues relating to freedom of thought and expression. Also none is threatening anyone with fatwas for disagreeing.

In Pakistan the hijab may soon be compulsory. A few days ago, 17 people in Pakistan were hacked to death because they were at a party. Music. Maybe even dancing.

Now that's scary. In fact, it's more than scary, it's extremely dangerous.

And Pakistan used to be so different. Religious tolerance, for instance, used to be the norm just 50 years ago.

Amazing what people are scared of - and not scared of.


Elsa

Sept 5, 2012

PS. Scary people? Best is, you check out the people - who are not all Christian, not all right wing, by the way - and have found that they are definitely not haters. Here are a few. Fred Litwin. Mark Durie. Raheel Raza. Or just come and check out the entire interview series of people exploring Islam and speaking out:
Understanding Islam, Understanding the West:
Personal Journeys Toward Difficult Truths

I've met very caring people.


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Scary people? Sometimes it's hard to know what to do.
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