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I know all the arguments against speaking of Islam as violent and reactionary.That's why Maher and Harris are guilty of gross generalizations.Islam has a problem today.The caveat, "Islam today," is important. The central problem with Maher's and Harris' analysis is that it takes a reality – extremism in Islam – and describes it in ways that suggest it is inherent to Islam. Maher says Islam is "the only religion that acts like the Mafia, that will [expletive] kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book". He's right about the viciousness, but wrong to link it to "Islam" – instead of "some Muslims". Trust me, Bill, if 1.6 billion Muslims felt this way, you would be dead already.So, if you are asserting that Islam is inherently violent and intolerant – "the mother lode of bad ideas" – then, since Islam has been around for 14 centuries, we should have seen 14 centuries of this behavior.
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