Five Easy Questions
Juan Cole takes up five questions directed at “Muslims” by [some guy called] Dennis Prager in an op-ed for the LA Times. The questions are:
- Why are you so quiet?
- Why are none of the Palestinian terrorists Christian?
- Why is only one of the 47 Muslim-majority countries a free country?
- Why are so many atrocities committed and threatended by Muslims in the name of Islam?
- Why do countries governed by religious Muslims persecute other religions?
Prof Cole not only answers these questons, but highlights Prager’s intentions too:
There is something seriously wrong with the questions themselves. They come out of a weird mindset that lumps Malaysians with Moroccans, Kyrgyz with Sudanese, and Uigurs with Moro Filipinos, all just because they have a common heritage in one of the great world religions; it isn't as if their actual local practices and beliefs are all exactly the same.
In addition, I would add that Prager is guilty of gleefully and, without irony, lumping the large majority of the world’s Muslims in with Islamist fundamentalism. Its ignorant and base stuff. One wonders how the US Press can release that kind of stuff. Luckily there are people in the US who know exactly what kind of stuff that is. Its the kind of commonplace knee-jerk favoured by Right-wingsters and the pseudo-Lefties, which even Harry’s Place is wise to.