You know, but this is the problem, is that these kinds of conversations that we’re having aren’t really being had in any kind of legitimate way. We’re not talking about women in the Muslim world. We’re using two or three examples to justify a generalization. That’s actually the definition of bigotry.
It is astonishing how in this day and age, people still ignorantly generalize a culture or whatever the subject-matter is, based of a few extreme examples. So called “sophisticated” individuals think they’re discussing and shedding light on a very important topic, when the matter of the fact is that they’re collectively blaming an entire community, an entire population based of a few extreme acts driven by the absolute worst examples, finally placing billions of people under the same main-stream microscope tuned to only let the demagogues show.
Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American writer and scholar of religions, was aired on CNN’s panel to discuss wether or not “Islam Promotes Violence.” Expecting him to be completely slaughtered by CNN’s known and manipulative discussion techniques he flips the tables and intellectually slams the presenters with facts, arguments and numbers that completely shuts them down.
I mean, again, this is the problem is that you’re talking about a religion of 1.5 billion people and certainly it becomes very easy to just simply paint them all with a single brush by saying, well, in Saudi Arabia, they can’t drive and so therefore that is somehow representative of Islam.
Time and time again the two anchors brought up the most extreme forms of torture in the most repressive muslim countries in the world, only to generalize the ISIS-branded Islam on 1,5 billion people. Nevertheless, Aslan calmly stood his ground and intellectually fought back the facile claims that were being presented.
Stoning and mutilation and those barbaric practices should be condemned and criticized by everyone. The actions of individuals and societies and countries like Iran, like Pakistan, like Saudi Arabia must be condemned, because they don’t belong in the 21st century.
But to say Muslim countries, as though Pakistan and Turkey are the same, as though Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are the same, as though somehow what is happening in the most extreme forms of these repressive countries, these autocratic countries, is representative of what’s happening in every other Muslim country, is, frankly — and I use this word seriously — stupid. So let’s stop doing that.
Watch the entire CNN discussion here: