Posted: Mar 29, 2019 9:31 am
by Fenrir
OlivierK wrote:It's true that, as I find him tiresome, it's been a while since I read any Harris (pbuh).

Keep It Real wrote:Perhaps if people felt a bit more free to criticise religion this scumbag/Breivik etc wouldn't have drawn arms.

Dunno about that. In Australia, the home country of the Christchurch perpetrator, people freely criticise religion, usually as an irrelevance that best kept personal. The exception is that, with a Murdoch-dominated press, criticism of Islam is given plenty of run, often in hateful terms. I'm far from convinced that people feeling even more free to indulge in ignorant anti-Muslim rhetoric would have helped turn the Christchurch perpetrator from violence, and indeed would be more likely to radicalise more scum in his mould.

Well there's your problem. Most of the media criticism (it seems to me) is anti-muslim, not anti-islam. That they can say the one while meaning the other with little push-back is an indication of how debate has been distorted in favour of dog-whistle xenophobia imo.

Mind you Brunei is trying hard to match the rhetoric.