You know guys, we need to politely but firmly make the most of every opportunity to gently challenge our acquaintances when they proffer the drivel Dr Warner discusses. I've been in this position myself. Having been introduced as someone who writes a blog on Islam I am then asked a bit about what I write. My first statement produces a chill in the air and people immediately seem to feel embarrassed to have been trapped into talking to me. It's as if somebody might see them and they would then suffer public censure for even hearing something from a person that is critical of classical Islamic doctrine and those Muslims who follow it. These are nice people - virtuous people as Dr Warner terms them. But they have allowed themselves to be forced into a way of (non)thinking that has nothing to do with reality.
However it is our job to raise uncomfortable issues around Islam friends. To ensure people are aware that we are carefully delineating between Islamic doctrine and Muslims themselves and to bring to the attention of our new friends the suffering of minorities under Islam in the world today and throughout history. There are real problems with Islam which will not be helped by our terror at being thought crass by mentioning them.
If Islam has produced these things all over the world and for the last 1400 years why on earth should the Islamic Leopard change its spots just because it moves to its new Savannah here in my country?
In only 4 minutes Dr Warner does a great job of challenging the zeitgeist and also of encouraging us to stand up for the right - and the real victims - kindly & with a smile on our face.
Warner Moment: Our Virtuous Enemies.
Dr. Bill Warner (President, politicalislam.com)
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