Questioning Islam isn’t Islamophobia
In recent years I’ve seen too many public discussions shut down because people who raise important questions are dismissed as “phobic” when in fact they’re not. The if-you-disagree-then-you’re-phobic card is a smokescreen against truth, and it misleads popular audiences. (So I want to help nip it in the bud.)
In view of ISIS and its close affiliation with Muhammad’s violent life and teachings, the challenge before us is threefold: (1) we should encourage Muslims who do not emulate Muhammad’s violence to continue not emulating Muhammad’s violence; (2) we should question Islam (Muslims’ religion) because it elevates Muhammad as someone to be emulated; and (3) we should do 1 and 2 in such ways that show love and respect to Muslims.
Speaking truth and loving others can—and should—go hand in hand.
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