Thursday, October 09, 2014

Ben Affleck and Bill Maher are both wrong about Islamic fundamentalism

By Christopher Ingraham October 6 WashPost

On Friday, Bill Maher and Ben Affleck got into a heated debate on the question of radical Islam. Maher's general point was that fundamentalist views are highly prevalent in predominantly Muslim societies, and that well-intentioned Western liberals too often give them a pass on it. Affleck objected, saying that Maher was caricaturing 1.6 billion people based on the actions of a minority.

So who's right?

In 2013, the Pew Research Center surveyed 38,000 Muslims in 39 countries to sketch an outline of global Muslim opinion on everything from Sharia law to interfaith relations to the role of women in society. Pew polled Muslims about a number of abhorrent practices, like honor killings, stonings for adulterers and death for apostates. Here's what they said.

(More here.)

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