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America, Muslim, and Wow: AA Q The Atheist Muslim In countries where Muslims are a minority, Islam is an identity. In countries where Muslims are a majority, Islam is a religion. This dichotomy has consequences for liberals on either side. For the liberal in North America, Islam is the faith of a small minority of Muslims who are often discriminated against and whose rights must be protected, as with any minority group. But for the liberal in a Muslim-majority country, Islam is a tool the government uses to justify censorship, oppression, and other illiberal values, like forcing women to wear the hijab, persecuting homosexuals, and publicly lashing bloggers. The same holy book that Muslims in the United States and elsewhere revere as divine and peaceful is used by the governments of Muslim-majority countries to endorse every- thing from domestic violence to the execution of apostates. The hijab worn proudly by Muslim-American women who choose it as a symbol of their identity is forced on women in many Muslim- majority countries by their governments, imams, or husbands. And many criticisms of Islamic doctrine made by liberal reformers and dissidents in Muslim-majority countries are labeled "Islamophobic" when voiced here It's easy to see how this can get very confusing very fast. In their well-intentioned effort to protect what they see as a targeted minori- ty, Western liberals unwittingly find themselves fighting to guard and protect the same backward values that their counterparts in Muslim-majority countries are fighting against. My friend Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar, an Iraqi refugee, writer, and human rights activist, Page 193 39 pages left in this chapter Well.... the post is good. But the comments section... wow
America, Muslim, and Wow: AA Q
 The Atheist Muslim
 In countries where Muslims are a minority, Islam is an identity. In
 countries where Muslims are a majority, Islam is a religion. This
 dichotomy has consequences for liberals on either side.
 For the liberal in North America, Islam is the faith of a small
 minority of Muslims who are often discriminated against and whose
 rights must be protected,
 as with any minority group. But for the
 liberal in a Muslim-majority country, Islam is a tool the government
 uses to justify censorship, oppression, and other illiberal values, like
 forcing women to wear the hijab, persecuting homosexuals, and
 publicly lashing bloggers. The same holy book that Muslims in the
 United States and elsewhere revere as divine and peaceful is used by
 the governments of Muslim-majority countries to endorse every-
 thing from domestic violence to the execution of apostates. The
 hijab worn proudly by Muslim-American women who choose it
 as
 a symbol of their identity is forced on women in many Muslim-
 majority countries by their governments, imams, or husbands. And
 many criticisms of Islamic doctrine made by liberal reformers and
 dissidents in Muslim-majority countries are labeled "Islamophobic"
 when voiced here
 It's easy to see how this can get very confusing very fast. In their
 well-intentioned effort to protect what they
 see as a targeted minori-
 ty, Western liberals unwittingly find themselves fighting to guard
 and protect the same backward values that their counterparts in
 Muslim-majority countries are fighting against. My friend Faisal
 Saeed Al-Mutar, an Iraqi refugee, writer, and human rights activist,
 Page 193
 39 pages left in this
 chapter
Well.... the post is good. But the comments section... wow

Well.... the post is good. But the comments section... wow