Roger L. Simon writes that Dr. Wafa Sultan is “more dangerous to Islam than the Danish cartoons”. Expatriate Saudi blogger The Religious Policeman writes that Sultan’s appearance is “like porn for moderate Muslims”.
Both Fox and Sultan employed nonviolent methods to achieve their ends. Given the death threats leveled on Hirsi Ali, the Danish caricaturists of Mohammed, Salman Rusdie and others it is arguable that Dr. Sultan by her open opposition to Islamism is showing as much personal courage as anyone in the CPT. Since Dr. Sultan probably has relatives and friends in Syria or the Muslim community in America, she is likely in a more vulnerable situation than a Western Peace Activist who is only in the Middle East temporarily.
To Tom Fox’s question “How do you stand firm against a car-bomber or a kidnapper?” — a question to which he never provided an answer except to say it was not fighting — Wafa Sultan’s answer is that you start by denouncing it. You begin by intellectually opposing the ideology that drives it; that legitimizes it; that portrays it as attractive to children from their cradle. The CPT website, on the other hand, says that denunciation is part of the problem, because it dehumanizes the denounced; hides our Western guilt; and shows a lack of tolerance and respect for Islam.
Nevermind the actions of those whom Fox supported do likewise.
(Via Austin Bay.)