“The Right to Blaspheme Is the Right to Believe”

Islam symbol with weaponsThere aren’t many articles I would consider a must read, but this one by Daniel Greenfield fits that category:

“The Importance of Blasphemy”

You really should take the time to digest Greenfield’s piece, but I’ll at least share the quote that inspired how I titled this post:

In a multi-religious society, in which every religion has its own variant theological streams, the right to blaspheme is also the right to believe. Liberal theology can contrive interchangeable beliefs which do not contradict or claim special knowledge over any other religion. But traditionalist faiths are exclusive.

Everyone’s religion is someone else’s blasphemy. If we forget that, we need only look to Saudi Arabia, where no other religion is allowed, as a reminder.

Greenfield’s post also spends some important time distinguishing Islam’s expectations from other exclusive faiths…along with a lot more (including recognizing that “Egyptian President Sisi’s gesture of attending a Coptic mass was so revolutionary because it challenged the idea that Egyptian identity must be exclusively Islamic”).

It’s worth five minutes of you time, trust me. 🙂

P.S. If you are interested in this subject, please also see “It Is Wrong. Full Stop.”

Hat tip to Instapundit.


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