The splendid Richard Dawkins appeared on Bill Maher’s show on Friday (11/08/2017) and took aim at the intellectual pygmies who disinvited him from making a speech because he had made “hurtful” comments about Islam. In the interview, Dawkins stated…
“I think that this radio station and these universities, they are on our side. We’re on their side. Now, I was de-platformed specifically because of what I was alleged to have said about Islam. I think that the reason they did it was probably a laudable motive, they are on the side of oppressed minorities. They think that Muslims are an oppressed minority, oppressed by people like us. Actually, of course, Muslims are oppressed by Islam.”
He later argued that Muslims who don’t oppress women or gay people are being persecuted by those who do and “That’s where the persecution comes from.”This is the absolute crux of the disagreement between critics of Islam and those who would defend Muslims against “racism” and “Islamophobia.” As Maher said in the interview, “criticism of a religion is not the same thing as bigotry.” The biggest victims of Islam are Muslims themselves – especially women, gays and, for want of a better term, apostates.
For about the 10,000,000,000th time, dislike of a set of ideas is not the same as dislike of people.