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(1:35) For more than a decade, my message has been simple: Islam is not a religion of peace. (Wait... don't hang up the phone just yet!) When I assert this, I do not mean that Islamic belief makes all muslims violent. This is manifestly not the case: there are many millions of peaceful muslims in the world. What I do say is that the call to violence and the justification for it are explicitly stated in the sacred texts of Islam. Moreover, this theologically sanctioned violence is there to be activated by any number of offenses, including but not limited to adultery, blasphemy, homosexuality and apostasy—that is, to leave Islam (Consult the Catholic Catechism for a much more highly nuanced distinction between persons and behaviours 2357, 2358, 2359).
Those who tolerate this intolerance do so at their peril.
(2:15) As someone who who has known what it is to live without freedom, I watch in amazement as those who call themselves liberals and progressives, people who claim to believe so fervently in individual liberty and minority rights, make common cause with the forces in the world that manifestly pose the greatest threat to that very freedom and those very minorities. (There should be nothing surprising about the fact that liberals and progressives are not willing to defend inalienable rights... because their worldview does not admit the reality of rights which precede and trump the state. Their "saviour" is the state. At the first encounter with evil, liberals run for cover and hide behind the real heroes of freedom.)
(2:37) In 2014, I was invited to accept an honorary degree from Brandeis University for the work I have done on behalf of women's rights in the muslim world. That invitation was withdrawn after professors and students protested my criticism of Islam. My subsequent "dis-invitation", as it came to be called, was no favour to muslims. Just the opposite. By labelling critical examination of Islam as inherently racist, we make the chances of reformation far less likely.
There are no limits on criticism of Christianity at American universities or anywhere else, for that matter. Why should there be of Islam? (Because a double standard and/or hypocrisy is preferable to fairness and the truth? Because pseudo-intellectuals are too cowardly to stand up for freedom?) Instead of contorting Western intellectual traditions so as to not offend our muslim fellow citizens, we need to defend both those traditions and the muslim dissidents who take great risks to promote them.
—text transcribed from the video. Times in parentheses refer to the video. Closed-captioning is available on the video. Complete script at: https://www.prageru.com/courses/political-science/islam-religion-peace