I’m pretty hungover, so I’ll try to keep it short and painless.
“No one here has said that. Millions of red necks believe it, however.”
I think it’s a bad place to start if you are aiming your comments at ‘red necks’. Lets just stay focused on the issue at hand, and we can keep personal or stereotypical judgments to ourselves.
“If atheists stereotype all muslims as terrorists that would give them (the atheists) a bad name… But it is what Sam Harris does “
“There have been people who confuse one billion muslims with a fraction of a per cent of muslims who are murderers.”
I feel like Harris addressed this comment in the radio segment? He shows a pretty clear understanding of the difference between a moderate and extremist. It’s one thing to say that all Muslims are terrorists, and a completely other thing to say that all Muslims stem their faith from the Koran. Is it wrong to analyze the implications of the latter? No one here seems to accuse all Muslims of being terrorists. Rather, we are merely looking into the text that motivates the martyr.
“This mosque isn’t particularly important. But it is crucially important that the cobwebs built up over centuries that have protected religious ideology from the sunlight in the cultural arena, be forcefully cleared away.”
Case and point.
“I’m not even slightly interested in getting into an ad hominem exchange about who can slice an onion thinner, or even delving in depth into Hitler’s Christian upbringing in Austria.”
I wouldn’t mind hearing more on that actually…
“Unless there is evidence the people who are opening up the new “mosque” are terrorists or affiliated in some way with terrorists, or otherwise criminals, then it is none of anyone else’s business, since this is private property.”
The affiliation, though be it a subtle one, is seen in the religious practice that lay at the core of both the terrorists and the GZM.
“Small minorities, like publicly professed atheists, have the most to lose if freedom of religion is not upheld as a Constitutionally guaranteed right for ALL.”
Lets look at a hypothetical - If the mosque was being built by those who directly support the acts of terror, would you defend their constitutional right to build their mosque?
“By the end of the show, he was so enraged at not having gotten to say all he wanted, that he went really over the line. “Who has a doctorate in Islamic studies here?”
yeah, that was funny as hell… hence my comment “...Aslan is, after all, the expert