|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,
Some people I'm hanging out with
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.
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.
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:
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