Why I Refuse To Criticize Islam As A Feminist And Atheist

“Sam Harris and Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins all want really badly for me to criticize Islam… Then, of course, they say that we should profile Muslims, and their self-defense starts to fall apart. [How so? – Ed.]  They fail to recognize that I do not live in a majority Muslim country, and that especially since 2001 but even before that, white Americans have exhibited incredible fear of Muslims [a)b.s. and b)what would that have to do with anything even if it were true? – Ed.] (demonstrated by a call to profile them, coincidentally) and committed hate crimes against people who even “look” like they might be Muslim. They fail to see their own criticisms as so sweeping that they amount to a judgment on anyone with brown skin. [Not everyone with brown skin is a Muslim you yammering bobblehead. – Ed.]

I won’t do it. I won’t take the bait of a patronizing call for feminists to set aside their goals in America to address problems in Muslim theocracies…

  • I have too many personal experiences with Muslims who are precisely as kind, understanding, compassionate, and generous (or not) as Christians and Jews and other monotheists [which other monotheists? – Ed.] to truly believe that in effect, in terms of the wide population of the faithful, Islam is any more or less morally destructive than any other religion. The Christians I know – across denomination, whether Catholic or Lutheran or Pentecostal or Episcopalian — have almost precisely the same cultural mores and moral qualms as the Muslims and Jews I know, especially on the subject of women’s rights… Oliver Cromwell committed what amounts to ethnic cleansing and enslavement against the Irish Catholics. Or what about the Inquisition forcing Jews and Muslims to convert, leave, or die…
  • Sam Harris’s notion that feminists in America ought to set our sights on helping women in Islamic countries rather than focusing on access to abortion is just another iteration of the totally ignorant idea that women “over there” have it worse than us, so we should stop complaining…. undocumented immigrant women in America face the same lack of access and resources [The same as women in Saudi? Anyway I should bloody well hope they’re denied “resources”, turnip brain. They’re illegal. – Ed.] and only last year became protected under the Violence Against Women Act; that our legal system enables discrimination against women, not least of all in terms of medical care.
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