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June 4, 2007

On 'Empty Gestures'

David Thompson has up an interesting piece today that references an article on Ayaan Hirsi Ali and highlights how many people imagine it's possible to "oppose" oppressive Islamic practices without offending religious sensibilities. Oddly, those who maintain this position never quite spell out how it's supposed to work:

"'Believing' in the equality of women is very easy and conveniently vague, especially if one is unwilling to challenge the means by which cruelty and coercion are perpetuated, justified and enforced. Unless one is prepared to address the theological nuts and bolts of the matter, and prepared to risk offending some religious 'sentiments', it's hard to see what kind of 'firm stand' has actually been taken."
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Posted by Richard at June 4, 2007 5:23 PM

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