Some of us might have heard of the recent attacks in Glasgow Airport (see pictures here)
Recently, I came across a few articles bordering on concerns as to whether any religion should be questioned. The one of particular interest was one that was boldly titled: We must be allowed to criticise Islam by Will Cummins. Here is a condensed form of the article:
"The problem is that a virulent hatred of Muslims can no more be racism than
a virulent hatred of Marxists or Tories. Nobody is a member of a race by choice.
Such groups are protected from attack because it is unfair to malign human beings
for something they cannot help. However, nobody is a member of a community of
belief except by choice, which is why those who have decided to enter or remain
within one are never protected. Were such choices not open to the severest censure,
we could no longer call our country a democracy. . .
All that divides a religion from a secular ideology is something whose existence -
supernatural support - is disputed by adherents of the latter. To privilege supernatural
belief-systems by law would be to impose the view of the faithful about this on everyone,
the situation that prevailed in the Middle Ages. This time, it is Islam, not Christianity, that
New Labour wants to impose on Christendom.
A society in which one cannot revile a religion and its members is one in which there
are limits to the human spirit. The Islamic world was intellectually and economically
wrecked by its decision to put religion beyond the reach of invective, which is simply
an extreme form of debate. By so doing, it put science and art beyond the reach of
experiment, too. Now, at the behest of Muslim foreigners who have forced themselves
on us, New Labour wants to import the same catastrophe into our own society."
What do y'all think about this: should a democracy be allowed to criticize Islam or not?