A few of my peers and I were discussing distinguishing Islam and Muslims when providing social critique. One man said:
“Leave a bottle of vodka on a shelf and nothing happens. Put it in people and some bad things might happen. Leave Islam lying around, nothing happens “words on paper.” Put it it the hearts and minds of people and some bad things might happen. The analogy I’m making is that addicts aren’t in themselves the problem, the drug messes them up. Muslims aren’t the problem, Islam messes (some of) them up. Some people enjoy alcohol responsibly, just like some Muslims enjoy Islam responsibly. The reason that “It’s complicated” is that Alcohol isn’t really the primary part of anyone’s identity. Being critical about the harms of alcohol is fine… Islam is however many Muslim’s primary identity, so being critical of Islam is being critical of their identity, so they get pissed off.”
Tell me that isn’t incredibly brilliant. #food4thought.
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