February 27, 2006

Clash of Civilizations? No, Modernity Vs. Barbarism

Wafa Sultan's lucid argument in support of free speech, Western Civilization, Western science, and secular modernism destroys attempts by her interviewer to shift the blame from rioting Muslims to a Western scholar (Samuel Huntington and his thesis), and an Imam (who avoids debate by resorting to name-calling), all on MEMRI TV:
Imam: Are you a heretic?

Sultan: You can say whatever you like. I am a secular human being who does not believe in the supernatural...

Imam: If you are a heretic, there is no point in rebuking you, since you have blasphemed against Islam, the Prophet, and the Koran...

Sultan: These are personal matters that do not concern you. Brother, you can believe in stones, as long as you don't throw them at me.
Sultan, as an Arabic woman of Muslim background (ex-Muslim/atheist) is able to say things that would garner any Western pundit charges of racism, neo-colonialism, and Islamophobia. Perhaps those with first-hand knowledge, like those living under Hitler and Stalin, seeing the depravity, atavism, and lack of respect for human dignity first-hand, can most passionately and persuasively argue in favor of the rational alternative to medieval barbarism.

Also posted at Freedom's Zone


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