Can we criticize but not hate or deny humanity?

This post floated by on FB. IN sum, the author proposes in regards to the criticism of Islam and the rise of Islamophobia:

When does criticism become bigotry? The line is crossed when criticism of Islam, of ideas or beliefs, become transposed into prejudice about people; or when critics demand that Muslims are denied rights, or be discriminated against, simply because they happen to be Muslims.


Christians, hear me well. You aren’t persecuted in this country. There isn’t Christophobia either.

However, it seems we have become a rather overly sensitive lot. There should be no challenge leveled at what we believe we mistake for a phobia of our religion. Otherwise, Christianity is xenophobic because it present a challenge to most if not all systems of belief (or disbelief). Challenges are going to happen and must happen if we are to continue to grow.

The article is a good one. Read it.

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One Reply to “Can we criticize but not hate or deny humanity?”

  1. When one feels special, even superior to others, it is difficult to accept criticism. Entitlement frequents breeds contempt for those presumed to be inferior. In this regard, many times Christians exhibit an attitude similar to those with too much surplus income for their own good. Combine relative wealth with parochial prestige, as is all too often the case with decedents in founding families of local churches, and the results can constitute insufferable snobbery. In turn, this attitude can kill a church!
    In a broader context, superiority complexes are by no means confined to Christians and capitalists. Similar attitudes may be found in both Islam and Judaism as well as in atheism. Notions of supremacy notoriously fuel ethnic and gender conflicts. It also became evident in some less than civilized exchanged between “hell no, we won’t go” hippies and returning Vietnam veterans. Sadly, it is rampant in educational institutions. There, it takes the form of intellectual bullying.
    Regardless of philosophical persuasion, the root of the difficulty typically resides in some deep seated psychological need to feel superior to others. It is not uncommon for this attitude to mask an abyss of personal insecurities.

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