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Islam Is Not A Race

I came across this in my facebook feed this morning. There are not enough faces, nor palms to place against them, for this kind of poor thinking.

Opinion- -try replacing 'Muslim' with 'Black' in... - Al Jazeera English

What kind of nonsense is this? How can people still be getting this so wrong, especially news journalists? Don’t they have a duty to maintain at least a modicum of integrity?

Islam. Is. Not. A. Race. To claim it is, is insulting to the millions of Punjab and Pashtun people of Pakistan – an incredibly Islamic state. Very few are Arabic. Nor are they Berber.

Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation on Earth.

Is this question trying to say that Punjabs, Pashtuns, Arabs, Egyptians Berbers, Turks and Javanese are all the same race? This is lunacy akin to saying Canada and Mongolia are the same country.

The article is here, and the author doesn’t seem to have read Harris’ work. Murtaza Hussain also seems to miss one rather important distinction when he says “It’s worth remembering why making sweeping statements about “the Jews” and “the Blacks” became considered unconscionable behaviour in the first place. Both groups were once spoken of by racists and anti-Semites as though they were a homogenous mass of people, undifferentiated in any meaningful way and all sharing the same (largely negative) characteristics.”

The distinction missed is this: racism targets people based on who their parents were. Criticism of religion is not criticizing people for things they have no control over in this way. Harris and Dawkins are criticizing ideas. Ideas are not people, though they are held by people. Ideas really do affect the way people act, unlike their skin colour.

Religion does not come down to the melanin receptor distribution in your skin, Mr. Hussain. Thanks for trying though.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Politics, Religion

 

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Greece is Falling into Fascism

Pay attention. This may be the most important thing you read today.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Politics, Religion

 

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Anonymous Rights

In response to the recent Westboro Baptist Church’s declaration that they would picket the vigil of the Sandy Hook victims, and the subsequent hacking of their personal computers and twitter accounts, I have this to say:

No, people, Anonymous is not in the right here. They are, in fact, and in the most disgusting way, destroying the privacy of citizens. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like the Westboro Baptist Church. Disliking a group does not revoke from them their rights; this is exactly the sort of thinking that fuels the WBC, yet at no point do they actively destroy the rights of those they, with such vitriol, detest. They would if they could, but they can’t because their lunacy ensures a deaf response to their words.

For the record, the only appropriate response to loud, angry people like the WBC is this, which comes with an uplifting little mantra (I guess an ‘Aggie’ is a member of the school?):

It is proposed that we respond with true Aggie spirit. 
In response to their yelling, we will be silent. Like silver taps, like Bonfire Memorial.
In response to their signs of hate, we will wear maroon.
In response to their mob anger, we will form a line, arm in arm.

This is a silent vigil. A manifestation of our solidarity.

Now that is how you beat the Westboro Baptist Church. Not by diving into the shit and vomit that is the low end of the human spectrum. By showing that, no matter how hard they yell, we’ll ignore harder. We are better than they. We can’t do that by revoking the rights of any citizen. Ever. We’re not simply wallowing in the filth, we are bathing in it and calling ourselves clean. Worse than pigs.

Anonymous has simply proven that even a society based on enlightenment values can descend into tyranny. This is the mindset that breeds totalitarianism. We are willing to suspend the rights of the citizen – provided only that we hate.

 

UPDATE: What do you know? It still works.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Politics, Religion

 

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