They discuss the effect of Islam on American political discourse. They discuss how because the burqa is a form of slut shaming/victim blaming, liberals should not normalize it. Sam Harris also insists that western liberals should support the work of liberal, reformist, and ex-Muslim dissidents in the Muslim world. They discuss why liberals are scared to discuss Islam critically for being a racist and how that empowers the Trump appeal. They even get into Linda Sarsour and her tweets deflecting Saudi Arabia from criticism, promoting Sharia Law, and publcily fantasizing about removing Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s vagina. (#womensmarch #Imarchwithlinda)
To sum it up: both Bill Maher and Sam Harris argued that Islam needs to be discussed in order to face the necessary reforms and end religious extremism. The left isn’t discussing it which gives full monopoly of Islam discussions to the new right wing nationalism. They seriously need to get their shit together.
Left Wing Apologists Reactions
There is a part of the Western left wing that is very protective of Islam against any form of criticism. How would they respond?
I wrote an article earlier on how to be a successful left wing Muslim apologist. Let’s apply those exact tools to our upcoming projections. I highly advise you read that article before you continue reading.
Now, I must change characters. I shall change from “The Secular Brownie, Ex-Muslim Atheist” To “The Social Justice Brownie; Woke Muslim American.”
Oh my god this is so stupid. How come two white men are on national TV talking about Islam? They are whitesplaining, better yet kuffarsplaining Islam. Sam Harris, as a white man, needs to check his privilege. He has no business telling ME and MY FAMILY that WE need reform. As if these are white colonizers telling us savages to “be civil.”
These two white men are truly Islamophobes who are hiding their Islamophobia by paying lip service to the “anti-Trump bandwagon.” Well no. They are not welcome to our movement because they are Islamophobic and we stand for Islam.
They have no business talking for 1.6 billion Muslims because they’re white. They have no experience what it’s like being Muslim. It’s enough that we have a white man telling us where we can or can not go, a white man shooting Muslims in a mosque in Quebec, and now two white men talking shit about OUR religion on national TV.
The Islamophobia industry must be thriving under Donald Trump. I now fear for my family’s safety, thanks to Sam Harris and Bill Maher on their Islamophobic propaganda.
Okay back to being myself: “The Secular Brownie.” Did you miss me?
If this interview goes viral (which it most likely will), you will hear many of these sentiments. Extreme identity politics will be infused into the criticism against Sam Harris/Bill Maher. The argument against what they said is the fact that they’re white males rather than a theological defense. In fact the best theological defense they may give is “Sam Harris reads the Quran out of context.”
I shouldn’t have to explain why talking about their white maleness is illogical and unhealthy. But in today’s climate, I unfortunately have to. Ideas and opinions cross boundaries and are open for discussion, criticism, and mockery. Stop attacking arguments based on the race and gender of those arguing it.
More articles may come out saying Islam is a religion of peace. Expect websites like MuslimGirl to write at least one article similar to the excerpt above. Oh and let’s not forget: saying “I’m a Muslim woman. I wear hijab. I am empowered and independent. The Islam I know is feminist because it gave Khadija rights. I strive to be like Khadija. These white men can’t tell me I’m oppressed.”
Of course this imaginary Muslim feminist doesn’t realize that she unknowingly disregards the misogyny in Islamic scriptures. Though she may have the privilege to have a disingenuous reading of scriptures there are many women who face real misogyny because Islam codifies it.
If this video becomes popularly viewed more women may wear the hijab and take selfies for social media as a symbolic response to this video. Because that’s what true feminism apparently is these days. You wear a garment meant to prevent you from sexually corrupting men and maintain your “feminine purity” in order to respond to “those evil white men.” Yep… #Feminism
The left will look foolish if they really continue to villainize Sam Harris and Bill Maher, people who consciously try to separate Muslim people and criticizing the religious ideas of their holy books.
The projections I just mentioned only happen if I’m right. There is a scenario where I could be wrong. I am human after all. I’m not perfect. Let’s explore:
Maybe the left will learn so much from this conversation it opens up a broader dialogue. They begin to include the likes of Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and Sarah Haider in their movements. They begin to have a more honest discussion on Islam and seek to empower the Left Wing of the Muslim world (Reformers, Liberals, Ex-Muslims).
As a result of this open dialogue: Muslims become more willing to have a critical discussion on the effects of Islam on society and do some community-wide reflection. Maybe then the ideas of radical Islam won’t be taken as seriously, because Islam as an imperfect religion becomes a widespread sentiment in the Muslim world.
That scenario only exists if I’m wrong. Let’s hope I am wrong. If I’m right, then I may have to say this again:
The Left is cannibalizing itself and this needs to stop.
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