Wednesday, 19 September 2007

The worst blog I have (tried to) read so far

is this one. Good grief, I don't think I've ever read so much one-sided hate in one pageful in my life.

My brother-in-law who works tirelessly to improve the conditions for 2 million Palestinian refugees in Syria would be horribly depressed.

UPDATE. Melanie Phillips was one of the attendees at the Ibn Warraq talk at Civitas, and her blog on this is actually reasonable, and a better description of my position. Here is what she wrote on the moderate Muslims who criticized Ibn Warraq

They argued that the concept of the absolute authority of the Koran itself was a profound misapprehension, because every statement of what it meant was merely a matter of interpretation. It was therefore a question of whose interpretation should be regarded as authoritative; and since there were reformist traditions in Islam, it followed that it was possible for there to be an Islamic ‘renaissance’ of Islamic values which renounced the jihad and the cult of death. In other words, while the words of the holy text are regarded as divinely inspired, the religion itself is simply contestable commentary. And so, theologically speaking, there is everything to play for. If they are right, this is not only grounds for optimism but it means we should be giving every encouragement to reformist Muslims in their courageous endeavour to excavate from their own tradition precepts which marry their religious faith with an accommodation with the west.

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