“Hey look, there’s Elvis!”
I heard another infuriating public lecture on Islam today. It went like this:
The Qur’an has a lot of violent stuff in it
Of course, so does the Bible. But what’s different about Jews and Christians on the one hand, and Muslims on the other hand, is this: “we” (of course the lecturer used “we”) have evolved beyond our violent past whereas “they” have not.
Okay, here goes:
Fallacy #1: What it says in a text has some direct connection with the behavior of the people who hold it as authoritative.
Fallacy #2: Muslims are intrinsically more violent than Jews and Christians today.
This sort of lecture is, in my opinion, an exercise in distraction; it is the “academic” version of “Hey look, there’s Elvis!” —a line always delivered in films just before the protagonist runs away in the midst of her opponent turning to look.
Hey look, there are violent Muslims! Pay no attention to the American capitalist empire behind me.
It makes me sick to my stomach that this guy is teaching college courses.