Thursday, February 20, 2014

Trying to pass off rational morality as an irrational hatred

When supporters of [Salman] Rushdie opposed the murder of authors, however, their ideals could not have been further from the dark fantasies of racial hatred. Islamists could call them 'Islamophobes' if they wanted, for they were indeed opposing reactionary Islamic doctrines, but they were doing so because they were liberals who wanted to show solidarity with liberals from the Muslim world, not because they were filled with an irrational loathing. When Catholic reactionaries accuse opponents of papal doctrine on contraception and abortion of 'anti-Catholicism,' and when believers in a greater Israel accuse opponents of Israeli expansion into the West Bank as anti-Semitism, they too are palming a card from the bottom of the deck. They are trying to pass off rational morality as an irrational hatred.
— Nick Cohen, You Can't Read This Book (London: HarperCollins, 2012),  p. 32-33.

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