5 Feb 2011
In contrast, this approach by PM Cameron to Islam today is tentative, inadequate and ultimately misguided on the nature of the threat from Islam.
"Muslims must embrace our British values, David Cameron says"
2.) Perhaps the best thing about this overly optimistic article is the photo:
"David Cameron's Munich speech - an end to multiculturalism and an end to Islamic extremism "
5 Feb 2011
At the very least, there is no need to quietly accept -- as if taking judicial notice of a truth so obvious no one dare to question it -- the notion of Islam as a "religion" entitled to the full panoply of First Amendment protections. The Supreme Court has never addressed the question of what constitutes a religion. It may never do so. But at least let the question of what Islam is be put into play, be discussed, as a way to force people to consider this Total Belief-System, and to create an atmosphere in which doubts can be expressed by all kinds of doubting Thomasses as to whether or not Islam is, in the vague sense those who use the word have of these things, a "religion" at all. Put those who call it that on the defensive, always and everywhere.
One more thing. Whenever Muslim apologists and propagajndists try to start this "three abrahamic faiths" nonsense in the context of wanting to have more and yet more "interfaith dialogue" that lures the least-informed and most gullgible of Christian and Jewish clerics, who are often -- for bizarre reasons of their own often outright sympathizers with Islam, sometimes for reasons of moral self-preening or to settle scores with those they consider domestic political opponents- always demand that Hindus and Buddhists be cincluded in this Interfaith Healing business. Christians and Jews will find nothing wrong with this. But Muslims will be furious, for this dilutes their "three abrahamic faiths" business, and what's more, they cannot stand -- even less than they can stand Christians and Jews -- Hindus and Buddhists. So insist. And then enjoy the spectacle of Muslims, furious at those who dare to raise the issue of whether or not Islam should properly be called a religion, themselves denying that Hinduism and Buddhism (and many other faiths) deserve that designation.