New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and other critics are voicing their opinions that many are failing to realize that Muslims are standing up to radical Islamists, while ironically also proving that Islam is radical at the same time.
Sam Harris, a New York Times bestselling author, took to MSNBC to discuss this odd support he’s receiving from his critics.
“The irony is even when someone like Nic Kristof thinks he’s not agreeing with me, he’s actually proving my point. So, he’s arguing that we’re not acknowledging all the people who are making heroic efforts to reform the faith, or to criticize so-called extremism, but then he goes on to say how much outrage this takes because their lives are in danger in dozens of Muslim countries merely for advocating for human rights,” Harris began.
“Which, of course, proves my point. The point is that there is a, what we’re calling radical Islam, or extremist Islam or fundamentalist Islam is massively well-subscribed in the Muslim world and there are reams of polling data to attest to this.”
He continued, “I asked in the green room after our fight on the panel, in response to Nick and Ben’s [Affleck] point, that there’s so many people who stand up against ISIS, there have been demonstrations, there’s a hashtag, “Not in Our Name.” But I asked both of them, ‘what would have happened if we had burned a Koran on tonight’s show?'” Harris said.
“And they knew what would happen, there would be riots in scores of countries, embassies would likely burn, people would certainly get killed, and we would spend the rest of our lives hiding from theocrats under credible threat of death. Now, that’s just a fact, ti’s a fact that neither of them would deny. And yet, what we have in response to ISIS, ISIS who is crucifying people by the side of the road, raping women by the thousands, torturing women, and burying children alive, in the name of Islam, we have a hashtag, and we have some demonstrations.”
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