THE BLACK KETTLE

Proverbs 21:30

The Words “Extreme” and “Radical” Are a Self-Delusion, Part of a Precious and Comfortable Narrative

Ms. Hirsi Ali warns against use of the words “extreme” and “radical” to describe as peripheral an ideology which, she argues, is in fact quite prevalent in Muslim communities around the globe, and which leads easily to violence — whether in the form of female genital mutilation or honor killings or wife-beating or suicide bombings. She views the reliance on those words as self-delusion, a soothing, self-administered palliative whose effect is to mask evidence that violence is the largely natural extension of fundamentalist values sternly dictated and widely embraced in Muslim communities — values that encourage harsh treatment of women and strict, even brutal, punishment of non-believers.

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June 4, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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