Friday, June 17, 2016

Is It Extremism If Whole Nations Do It?

In Iran, they hang gays. In Afghanistan, they crush them under collapsing walls. In both places, they do it in the name of Islam.

How many nations have to do it before we say it's normal for them? How many people have to participate in the events before we say it's not extremist, it's just who they are?

See also: Clitoridectomies, common Islamic practice of.


Ilíon said...

Is it a violation of multiculturalism to call it "extremism"?

K T Cat said...

Good question, Ilion. In a way, we're calling all of the Islamic republics across the globe extremists.

Ohioan@Heart said...

That's it! That's why our President won't say 'radical Islamic terrorism'. He knows that it is not "radical", it is not "extreme", it is mainstream.

Ilíon said...

Despite that the word is typically used to mean "things I dislike or people doing things I dislike", the basic meaning of 'radical' is "root, core or most basic".

So, a "radical Christian" would be a person consciously living to be more Christ-like; and a "radical Moslem" would be a person consciously living to be more Mohammad-like.