Posted: Sep 04, 2019 4:49 pm
by Blackadder
felltoearth wrote:
I didn’t see it as a generalization but a comment about how open discussion about Islam often provides an entry and sometimes cover for bigoted statements about “backwards” people, to give one example. We’ve all seen it get worse than that.

Agreed. But the answer is not to ban "open discussion" about Islam, which seems to be a common reaction at the Guardian newspaper and one which is becoming more prevalent in places like university campuses, from what I can gather. I agree that the "free speech" card is played quite cynically by right wing bigots. But I see plenty of left wing bigotry in the Guardian columns too, which is what leads me to suspect many of their writers of base hypocricy ,viz: "free speech means protecting only views that I agree with."