Georgetown Prof: OK to Disparage Christianity, But Not Islam

Fear of retaliation is why atheist Phil Zuckerman does not criticize the Muslim faith.  His comments at Georgetown University's discussion on religious freedom were enlightening in that he fears for himself and his family should he speak out derogatorily about Islam.

“I know what keeps me from critiquing Islam on my blog is just fear,” Phil Zuckerman said at a discussion on religious liberty at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “I’ve got three kids.

“So I know I can say anything about Christianity or Mormonism, and I’m not living in fear, which is a testament to Christianity and Mormonism, and that’s wonderful. Thank you,” said Zuckerman, who is a self-described atheist and professor of secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.

Kristin Powers, also at the same event, questioned how an ideology that is anti-woman and anti-gay can get a free pass from the liberals, while they calling out Christian's for their position on traditional marriage.

Powers cited the hidden video recordings made earlier this year by Steven Crowder, who asked Muslim bakers in Michigan if they would bake a cake for a same-sex wedding and they refused.

“If these had been Christian bakeries, it would have been on the front page of the New York Times, so I’m wondering why we’re able to have this amicable, disagreement with Muslims for having this view,” Powers said. “Why are we not able to do that with Christians?

The hypocrisy is real and Powers and Zuckerman make a pointed case against their own party.

Professor Zuckerman continues his powerful comparison by saying this.

“I absolutely agree that it is okay for those on the left to critique, mock, deride Christianity, but Islam gets a free pass, which is so strange, because if you care about women’s rights, if you care about human rights, if you care about gay rights, then really Islam is much more problematic – sorry to paint Islam with a huge brush – and much more devastating,” he said.

“As an atheist – where on planet Earth is the death penalty meted out to atheists?” Zuckerman said. “It’s only in, I think, 24 Muslim countries.

“Where have human rights flourished the most? In Christian nations,” he said.

“I see Christianity as a great friend of secular culture,” Zuckerman said. “I see Islam as much more of a threat, much more debilitating. I’m not talking about Muslim individuals that I happen to sit next to on an airplane or are my neighbors. I’m talking about doctrines and those that have the power to enforce those doctrines in the form of Sharia law.”

Only Islam would hurt or kill for comments such as these. Christianity has been protecting freedom of conscious for two thousand years.

Source:  CNS News



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