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The Muslims in England got agitated against the remarks made by that popular science writer. They felt that the writer had insulted Muhammad whom they believed was their prophet. They also alleged that the writer had disparaged their holy book Quran which was supposedly downloaded from Allah through Muhammad.  They called for the ban on the work of that popular science writer and demanded his apology. A group of Indian Muslims living in Britain took out a protest march at the end of which they burnt the work of the author.


Reactions to Richard Dawkins in 2013?

No.  That was Islamist reaction to A Short History of the World (1922) by popular science fiction writer and historian H.G.Wells. The protest was organized then by an influential Islamic organization consisting mainly of Indian Muslims Jamiat-ul-Muslimin. [1]

But what is surprising in 2013 is that the number of those who have taken up guns against Dawkins, come from the so-called secular left media establishment. What Dawkins tweeted was a simple fact: that not many Muslims have Nobel prizes though they had done great things in the past.  This has unleashed a fury against Dawkins.

When Reza Aslan a born-again Islamist called Dawkins a ‘buffoon’ mum was the word with media at large.

[2] No believer asked Aslan to refrain. But left-of-the-centre British media showered unsolicited advice and vehement criticism on Dawkins. He was accused of racism even after the Oxford professor explained that Islam is not a racial category. Martin Robbins writing in the ‘Newstatesman‘ countered Dawkins saying that Dawkins is not simply criticizing a religion but is attacking a group of people in a fairly well defined geographical area, associated with a particular set of ethnicities.[3]

Actually it is not the criticism of Islam by Dawkins but the establishment-attack on Dawkins which has its roots in a racially biased colonial mindset.

That a religion or a federation of religions can be mapped over ‘a group of people in a fairly well defined geographical area, associated with a particular set of ethnicities’ is true and fairly true in the cases of Hinduism and Judaism respectively. But with Christianity, Islam and Marxism that claim does not hold water. These are proselytizing religions and their claims are universal and their agenda global.  Islamism like Marxism provides a complete blueprint for a global totalitarian regime based on Shariat.

Islamism makes lofty claims that it attacks racism and as an alternative what it provides as a replacement is an Arab supremacist prophet cult. Islamism attacks the capitalism for making a woman commodity and as an alternative provides an iron-clad theo-legal package that dehumanizes woman as nothing but a valuable property to be protected beneath the veil.  And Islamist propaganda repeatedly speaks of a golden age of Islam in which science and art and philosophy flourished under the Caliphate.

Islamism is a movement towards creating that global Caliphate once again. Every social evil in a liberal secular democracy is used as another proof of the failure of the system and Islam is projected as the only global solution. This propaganda has been going on for several decades if not for last two centuries.

Written By: Aravindan Neelakandan
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  1. ” an iron-clad theo-legal package that dehumanizes woman as nothing but a valuable property to be protected “

    Theo-legal package. A phrase to remember.

    What also caught my eye was his observation of the many monies that go into propaganda instead of research in the wealthier Islamic states. Why complain of Professor Dawkin’s observations on Nobel prizes in the muslim world when with a redirection of money you would have nothing to complain about?

    • In reply to #2 by Pourang:

      Muhammed Al Razi , Ibn _Sina and Muḥammad Kharazmi are not Arabs. They are Persians(Iranians). So is Reza Aslan ;)

      But I thought Iranians were arabs? (Not that it is relevant, the point is all about their religion not their geography.)

      • In reply to #3 by old-toy-boy:

        In reply to #2 by Pourang:

        Muhammed Al Razi , Ibn _Sina and Muḥammad Kharazmi are not Arabs. They are Persians(Iranians). So is Reza Aslan ;)

        But I thought Iranians were arabs? (Not that it is relevant, the point is all about their religion not their geography.)

        No, they’re Persians although they had the arabic alphabet imposed on them. It’s a little like the difference between English and Welsh, I suppose.

        • In my recollection “Arab” refers to a combination or language and culture. Persians speak Farsi not Arabic.

          In reply to #4 by Pabmusic:

          In reply to #3 by old-toy-boy:

          In reply to #2 by Pourang:

          Muhammed Al Razi , Ibn _Sina and Muḥammad Kharazmi are not Arabs. They are Persians(Iranians). So is Reza Aslan ;)

          But I thought Iranians were arabs? (Not that it is relevant, the point is all about their religion not their geography.)

          No…

    • Like the cat ? ( Sorry, Maz Jobrani just popped in my head . Youtube him if you want to have a good laugh ).

      In reply to #2 by Pourang:

      Muhammed Al Razi , Ibn _Sina and Muḥammad Kharazmi are not Arabs. They are Persians(Iranians). So is Reza Aslan ;)

  2. centreright.in: I smell Hindu right-wingers….the kind of (Hindu) group/s who protested passing of anti-caste legislation in UK parliament in the recent past (2-3 years back). Their purpose might be just to fuel anti-Islam propaganda overlooking inherent sickness of hinduism that labels 25% of indians as untouchable. As a hindu, one cannot criticize Islam for its’ supremacist-ideology.

    • I was also a little off-put when I saw where the article came from.
      Regardless : Richard was just stating facts, and I believe Neil Degrasse Tyson has stated the same.

      If Muslims are offended by this, maybe they should look into why this is the case, rather than blaming the messenger.

      In reply to #6 by RSingh:

      centreright.in: I smell Hindu right-wingers….the kind of (Hindu) group/s who protested passing of anti-caste legislation in UK parliament in the recent past (2-3 years back). Their purpose might be just to fuel anti-Islam propaganda overlooking inherent sickness of hinduism that labels 25% of indi…

  3. Genuine Liberalism and contemporary ‘Leftism’ can be distinguished by their treatment of issues like this. A liberal, rationalist approach looks at the actual facts, sees that Dawkins’ claim is in fact correct and looks at the problems in Muslim societies that lead to less Muslims winning Nobel Prizes. A Leftist approach decides the facts are irrelevant, all that matters is that Dawkins is criticising Islam, which should be immune from criticism. Islam is now a race, despite the fact that there are Muslims of every race, including in “fairly well defined geographical areas” (e.g. white Muslims in Bosnia, black Muslims in Sub-Saharan Africa and along the Swahili coast, Asian Muslims in South-East Asia etc. etc.). Besides which Reza Aslan’s response is the response of those with no real argument: avoid addressing the actual claim/argument and ply the author with ad hominems e.g. “racist”, “buffoon”.

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