Liberals are also guilty of discriminatory discourse against vocal atheists.
I may not agree with Sam Harris on *everything* but he nails it here in his email exchange with Glenn Greenwald:
“There is no such thing as “Islamophobia.” This is a term of propaganda designed to protect Islam from the forces of secularism by conflating all criticism of it with racism and xenophobia. And it is doing its job, because people like you have been taken in by it.”
Criticism of Islam is NOT “racism” or “xenophobia.” It is merely criticism of Islam as an ideology, based on its teachings and scriptures. Criticism of Islam is valid but anti-Muslim bigotry is not.
Also, Glenn said:
“A bizarre and wholly irrational fixation on Islam, as opposed to the evils done by other religions, has been masquerdaing in the dark under the banner of rational atheism for way too long.’”
Which is utter bullshit. Other religions are equally talked about critically. Islam gets referred to more in the discourse is because Islam is today what Christianity was back in the Middle Ages. Christians no loger “burn the witches” but take Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Iran and it will tell you what these Islamic theocracies think of women as. And that is just one aspect. There is no such thing as the Spanish Inquisition that exists in the Christian sphere but apostates ARE targeted, both legally and by Islamist mobs, in Muslim majority countries.
Harris further told Glenn that
“Needless to say, there are people who hate Arabs, Somalis, and other immigrants from predominantly Muslim societies for racist reasons. But if you can’t distinguish that sort of blind bigotry from a hatred and concern for dangerous, divisive, and irrational ideas—like a belief in martyrdom, or a notion of male “honor” that entails the virtual enslavement of women and girls—you are doing real harm to our public conversation. Everything I have ever said about Islam refers to the content and consequences of its doctrine. And, again, I have always emphasized that its primary victims are innocent Muslims—especially women and girls.”
When your article says “New Atheists” and not “Criticism of Sam Harris,” you are intending a whole crowd to be further marginalized and abjected than they already are. There is no such thing as an “atheist pope.” So, really. Shortcomings of one atheist does not “represent” ALL the atheists. Atheism is not a “representative cult.”