Salman Rushdie is an amazing author and sure to be one of the smartest people in the room, regardless of his company.
Listen to him take on the case of Islam and the left’s willingness to bend over backwards and defend it.
When did it become the left’s position to defend religion? Rushdie calls it the “liberal spirit of appeasement of political correctness.” A dangerous practice that cuts down on free speech and is counter-productive to progress and peace.
He says that the current form of radical Islam is a mutation on the ideas of the faith, yet one that hides behind religious tolerance. He argues that the left has never before been the side to argue for religious freedoms, yet now they do at the detriment of the world.
Who kills the most Muslims? As Salman Rushdie puts it, it’s not drone strikes, it’s other Muslims. Shiites killing Sunnis and Sunnis killing Shiites.
“If everyone engaging in attacks of terrorism says they are acting in the name of Islam, who are we to say they’re not?”
We must hold a mirror up to the current state of Islam, these radicals exist because their more moderate brothers don’t do enough to condemn them. Only when they are no longer given shelter from mainstream Islam will we be able to drive them out once and for all.
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