more on islam in europe

Ian Buruma has a short article in Sign and Sight defending his book Murder In Amsterdam against attacks claiming it’s postmodern relativism. I’ve not read the book (though i really want to now). An earlier, somewhat longer article in response to an article by Pascal Bruckner. Quote (from Buruma):

To be tolerant is not to be indiscriminate. I would not dream of defending dictatorship in the name of tolerance for other cultures. Violence against women, or indeed men, is intolerable, and should be punished by law. I would not defend the genital mutilation of children, let alone wife-beating, no matter how it is rationalized. Honour killings are murders, and must be treated as such. But these are matters of law enforcement. Figuring out how to stop violent ideologies from infecting mainstream Muslims, and thus threatening free societies, is trickier. I’m not convinced that public statements, such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali has made, that Islam in general is “backward” and its prophet “perverse”, are helpful.

Buruma seems to be taking the correct, practical and problem-solving approach to an otherwise horribly convoluted and explosive situation.

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