Peter Beinart addressed the recent argument between Bill Maher and Sam Harris versus Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on whether Islam is “the mother lode of bad ideas.” Beinart takes exception to Maher’s categorical criticism of Islam and labels it “dangerous.” He argues that Islam is a diverse faith subject to a multitude of interpretations: “Islam is not violent or peaceful, dangerous or benign”, consequently it is not fair or accurate to denigrate the faith as a whole. Beinart, who has done some good work elsewhere, does not know Islam and his argument is shallow and incorrect.
Deepening sectarian conflict in the Muslim world points to a violent
trait that traces back to the early days of Islam and is rooted
in Quranic teachings. The Bible, however, is characterized by
peacemaking as Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for
they shall be called sons of God." Another Scripture says, "How
beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who
brings good news ... of peace and salvation." Elsewhere believers
are instructed to put shoes on their "feet, having put on the
readiness given by the gospel of peace." Of course, we use our
feet to go places. And Christ commanded his followers,
"Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone."
So let us take the opportunity before us to share this Good News at a time
when people have such a deep yearning for peace.
If you find any factual mistakes [whether misprints or a false representation of doctrines] on these pages, or things that are worded in an offensive way, contact us, we would like to correct that. See our site policies.