It looks like a day of discussion about Islam today. I don’t mind posting twice about it in a row, for I do see it as perhaps the most important issue of our day: a clash between a modernity born of the Enlightenment and a group of people (I’m not referring, of course, to all Muslims) whose views and morality are positively medieval. It is as if modern civilization was suddenly put into contact with our morally retrograde ancestors, except that it’s occurring now.
And here is the problem of liberalism encountering Islam: a video op-ed by MSNBC‘s Chris Hayes on his show All In on Monday:
Hayes emphasizes that any discussion of Islam that doesn’t involve Muslims is invalid. That’s bogus. Islam is a code of belief, and is open for discussion by anyone. Certainly discussions should try to avoid distortion, but really—Hayes think that Reza Aslan is a good participant…
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