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  •  Depends on what you mean... (4+ / 0-)
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    by "speaking ill of Islam." EAB's problem was that while he purported to focus on militant/radical political/fundamentalist Islam, most of his comments were in fact directed toward an essentialist (false and malicious) stereotype of Islam and Muslims writ large. I'm always game for discussions re the uses and abuses of Islamic theology by specific actors and groups, but the assertion as fact of ahistorical and politically motivated misrepresentations of the faith and its adherents is not, imo, appropriate for a thoughtful and reality-based community such as this.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:32:17 AM PST

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    •  So what? (0+ / 0-)

      Again, Islam is an ideology, not a race.  People make assertions about Republicanism, conservatism, libertarianism, etc. all the time.  Why is it different  to make the same kinds of assertion about Islam?

      •  Did I say that Islam is a race? No, I didn't (2+ / 0-)
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        nor would I. Question: are all religions ideologies, or just Islam?

        Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

        by angry marmot on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 05:05:54 AM PST

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          All religions are ideologies.

          Again, why is criticizing, bashing, attacking, mocking or ridiculing Islam, or any other religion bannable, while doing the same towards Republicanism is not?

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