There is violence in the Muslim world, ISIS
and Al Qaeda are proof of that, but the media often conflates that to imply that Islam is violent.
For example, on his show a while back Bill Maher implied that all Muslims hold “pernicious”
beliefs. That was his word: “pernicious”. Which means “having a harmful effect”. Ben Affleck, who agreed to be on the show
for some reason, said that Maher’s statement was “gross” and “racist.” Because he thought
Maher was implying that Muslims have a harmful effect. That they are dangerous or evil. And
he knows that there are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world and that generalizing about a large
group of people is “racist and gross.” Which it is. But Maher, who WAS implying most of that,
didn’t back down from his argument because there IS violence and evil in the Muslim world,
and he DOES believe that organized religion is pernicious. He made a documentary about it.
He also believes that Islam is more pernicious than other religions. He argues somewhat reasonably
that the Koran does say some very outdated and potentially dangerous things
about how people should be treated. Teachings that are proven to have a harmful effect when
interpreted by ISIS or Al Qaeda, who are Islamic groups that, Maher would argue, share a lot
of the same beliefs as everyday regular Muslims. Therefore, all Muslims have a lot of the same
beliefs as ISIS. Which is true….and terribly misleading.
Muslims and ISIS both teach from the same Koran, but to get some actual perspective on what that
says about Islam, we should bring in the ideas of a real life expert on religion, Reza Aslan.
He argues that both Ben Affleck and Maher are wrong. …Sort of. Aslan argues that Muslims who distance themselves
from the extremist elements of the Muslim Community by claiming that those extremists
are not “real Muslims” are denying that religious violence has a religious motive. And it obviously
does. So, Maher is right: Islam is a part of this. But Maher is also wrong because, and I quote,
“Islam doesn’t promote violence or peace. Islam is just a religion. And like every religion
in the world, it depends on what you bring to it.” End quote. So, if you find yourself talking about the
pernicious effects of Islam, you should really be talking about the pernicious effects of
ISIS or Al Qaeda. Not Islam itself. Because Muslims are a group of people largely defined
by their following Islam, but they are also many different groups and cultures. Saudi
Arabian Muslims are different than Turkish Muslims and Turkish Muslims are different
than Indonesian Muslims and they’re all different than Militant Jihadist Muslims.
So, let’s not talk about Muslims in general terms; let’s talk about them individually by the
name of their exact group. ISIS oppresses women. Turkey, in 1993, elected a woman as
their prime minister. That sort of thing. If you found this video informative please
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