We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Daoud Affair - How Western intellectuals turn themselves into the enemies of an entire class of liberal writers from Muslim backgrounds
The Western intellectuals accuse the liberal from the Muslim world of being a racist against Muslims, or an Islamophobe, or a “native informant” and a tool of imperialism. Sometimes they accuse the liberal from the Muslim world of stupidity, too, or lack of talent. This was Salman Rushdie’s experience in the years after he came out with The Satanic Verses, back in 1988, which he has described in his memoir Joseph Anton. The experience of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, originally from Somalia, offers probably the most widely discussed example after Rushdie’s. But the pattern of Western condemnation can be observed in many other cases as well, directed at liberal writers of different kinds and views—the authors of political essays, memoirs, literary criticism, journalism, and novels, from backgrounds in countries as diverse as Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Kamel Daoud’s Algerian colleague, the novelist Boualem Sansal, last year’s winner of a prize from the French Academy, has come under this kind of condemnation. And now the pattern has reemerged in regard to Daoud himself.
If Islam were a cult of hippies in Northern California they would all be imprisoned or dead by now. It's proscribed practices are disgusting, the worst of human nature, despicable and that is being too nice about it. If everyday our media would show one of their public beheadings and I don't mean just by Isis. Their stonings of (usually) women, their forced 'marriages' of young girls, and worse. If they would do this so that everyone understood Islam as it is practiced in Asia and Africa they would be disgusted. Why it is protected and defended is hard to say. Certainly the fact that there are over a billion today may be the biggest factor but the fact that many Muslim countries control trillions in cash and assets is no small matter. Nixon may well be the last president that wasn't bought by Islamists.
Yes, I know there are 'moderate' muslims and that most muslims don't cut off heads or hands. But all or almost all of the true believers in that religion believe these practices commanded by the qur'an are correct and feel compelled to support them.