Harris aficionados may not find much new on last night’s MSNBC “The Last Word” interview, but it’s not long and he makes a good point about Islam:
There’s no version of Islam which says, “You should be free to criticize the Qur’an: it’s just the product of human minds; the prophet Muhamed was a man like any other man and can be criticized.” There’s no Reform Judaism version of Islam, and we have to encourage one. . . It’s not an accident that we’re not having this conversation about the Amish or Quakers or Jains or even Buddhists.
Ideas have consequences, and the idea that you can get to Paradise by dying in defense of the faith—in fact, dying in defense of the faith is the best thing that can possibly happen to you—that is a mainstream notion in Islam.
Does anyone else’s b.s. detector go off when they hear the mantra, “Islam is a religion of peace”?
h/t: D. J. Grothe