David Harsanyi: Obama’s Mosque Speech Was A Dangerous Fantasy

For eight years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama’s big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore — granted, filled with many harmless platitudes — was no different, leaving little room for any honest dialogue about ideology or faith. Many of the president’s ideas about “tolerance,” in fact, are antithetical to the American experience, not something to celebrate.

Acceptance of outsiders is an American virtue, yes. Do we have to embrace all ideas, as well? Obama has conflated tolerance of individuals and groups with tolerance of a select belief system — one that he demands be immune from criticism.

We certainly don’t want people attacking peaceful Muslims, but it’s irresponsible and intellectually obtuse to act as if the pervasive violence, misogyny, homophobia, child abuse, tyranny, anti-Semitism, bigotry against Christians, etc. that exists in large parts of Islamic society abroad has absolutely nothing to do with faith.

Obama has conflated tolerance of individuals and groups with tolerance of a select belief system — one that he demands be immune from criticism.

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  1. Islam demands you never question Muhammad. Muslims are taught to not think critically. Muslim prayers must be the same rehearsal of brainwashing several times a day. But to question Muhammad is an unforgivable blasphemy and whoever does so will go to hell, according to Islam.
    But Islamic Quran commentaries, called Hadiths, show Muhammad was far from perfect. But most Muslims never read them. They are taught to listen to their teachers and never question.
    Islam is no religion of peace.

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