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From the birthday thread:

A fierce warrior for racial equality.

A kind person who carefully considers the impact of his words.

A strong person who fights for justice and offers his own experiences to support victims of crime.

An LGBTQ+ ally

A strong supporter of immigrants.

A fearless champion of individual rights.

A celebrity who would rather lose fans than see immoral actions on his behalf.

A brilliant man who respects religious freedom while condemning fanatical violence.

A considerate person who makes every effort to make those around him comfortable with him and themselves.

An Objectivist who remains an independent thinker willing to criticize even his own philosophical role models.

1) My views on Islam are basically similar to my views on any religion. The texts (of Abrahamic religions) themselves contain passages that are both peaceful and violent. Both loving and empathic and violently primitive. Early Islam itself is greatly responsible for the 2) dispensation of knowledge... for the advancement of science and Aristotelian reason. For mathematics and astronomy. Islamic culture was flourishing and advanced when Europe was a tribal pit. Without Islam, reason might not have waver found its way into Europe and generated 3) what we call the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution. But there was a point at which the search for knowledge outside religious texts became anathema. Any religion that ropes itself off from the world (as orthodox expressions of religion do) can become dangerously 4) disengaged from advancements in ethics (rights) or law (due process). Orthodox religious communities in Massachusetts Bay colonies Burned people at the stake.. whipped men for kissing their wives in public and hanged people for being witches. 5) Islamic communities that hold the death penalty for adultery, homosexuality, or apostasy are no different from orthodox communities anywhere else at any other time who commit grave injustices in the name of God. 6) tell me where I’m wrong.
1) My views on Islam are basically similar to my views on any religion. The texts (of Abrahamic religions) themselves contain passages that are both peaceful and violent. Both loving and empathic and violently primitive. Early Islam itself is greatly responsible for the 2) dispensation of knowledge... for the advancement of science and Aristotelian reason. For mathematics and astronomy. Islamic culture was flourishing and advanced when Europe was a tribal pit. Without Islam, reason might not have waver found its way into Europe and generated 3) what we call the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution. But there was a point at which the search for knowledge outside religious texts became anathema. Any religion that ropes itself off from the world (as orthodox expressions of religion do) can become dangerously 4) disengaged from advancements in ethics (rights) or law (due process). Orthodox religious communities in Massachusetts Bay colonies Burned people at the stake.. whipped men for kissing their wives in public and hanged people for being witches. 5) Islamic communities that hold the death penalty for adultery, homosexuality, or apostasy are no different from orthodox communities anywhere else at any other time who commit grave injustices in the name of God. 6) tell me where I’m wrong.