retrofuturist wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:42 pm
Just a few comments...
I'm not particularly interested in other religions, but when (as has been pointed out above) it is written into the scriptures of certain religions that infidels (i.e. most people on Earth) are to be killed, is it somehow "lacking in compassion" or "intolerant" to state that such a view is unacceptable? Did the Buddha not speak out against Wrong View, especially when it was so diabolical and genocidal?
Personally, what I would ask people to do is to clearly differentiate between:
Islam - the doctrine, the scripture, the ideas
Muslims - followers of Islam
Islamists - those who wish to force Islam on the world
If you're inclined to criticize...
Criticize Islam dispassionately as you would criticize any other ideology or view. Try to use logic, reason, sources etc. in order to make a cohesive argument.
Similarly, call out Islamists for their extremism, violence, intolerance of infidels and efforts to enforce the brutality of Sharia Law on others.
Recognize that most Muslims are not Islamists, and just want to live a peaceful and happy life, like you.
Please, do not criticize Muslims in toto
. Each person should be judged by their own actions, not those of others who share the same label.
If you're inclined to complain about the criticism...
Recognize the distinctions between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. Do not wilfully conflate them in order to smear your opponent as Islamophobic.
Do not prove your opponents views about censorship of criticism of Islam right, by using ad-hominem labels in an attempt to shut down uncomfortable discussion.
Acknowledge that the majority of victims of Islam are actually Muslims. If you weren't aware of that, let it sink in for a few moments before you lash out at someone for being critical of Islam.
Just as it is throughout the forum "play the ball, not the man".
To the critics, criticise Islam, not Muslims.
To the critics of the critics, refute the arguments, and don't play identity politics by smearing the individual for expressing a view that you don't like.
To all, please report actual
TOS violations. Please don't weaponize the function in an attempt to silence perspectives that you personally disagree with.