The first book was The Rage and the Pride initially a four-page article in Corriere della Serathe major national newspaper in Italy.
The discussion was very lively as we tried to figure out how to deal with the mutual contradictions between liberal beliefs about human nature, and the evidence from the dossiers on honor-killings that depict a profoundly cruel and tyrannical mindset on the part of the men defending their family honor, and — perhaps more distressing — the larger community supporting, if not demandingtheir behavior.
As part of the exercise in dealing with the moral problems, I assigned the article below by Chris Seiple on how to dialogue with Muslims. At one point, a student made the classic liberal case that honor-killings are morally repugnant and wondered aloud how, given the peer-pressure involved, we can get Muslims to oppose them.
I put to him the classic progressive challenge: Who are you — we — to tell them what to do? Students laughed; some clapped.
What do we do? Prepare to have your head hurt. These friendships are defined by frank respect as we listen to each other; understand and agree on the what, why, and how of our disagreements, political and theological; and, most of all, deepen our points of commonality as a result.
Or we frankly overtly, obviously show respect for each other. I have difficulty, given the subsequent discussion, imagining Mr. Seiple being frank about anything. I have learned much from my Muslim friends, foremost this: Political disagreements come and go, but genuine respect for each other, rooted in our respective faith traditions, does not.
Right now, I think there are some very long-term political disagreements. How many of the Muslims that Mr. Seiple has met in his world travels, who expressed their respect for his faith, really meant it?
If there is no respect, there is no relationship, merely a transactional encounter that serves no one in the long term. If one rethinks this from a zero-sum perspective i.
As President Obama considers his first speech in a Muslim majority country he visits Turkey Apriland as the US national security establishment reviews its foreign policy and public diplomacy, I want to share the advice given to me from dear Muslim friends worldwide regarding words and concepts that are not useful in building relationships with them.
Obviously, we are not going to throw out all of these terms, nor should we. But we do need to be very careful about how we use them, and in what context. There is no clash of civilizations, only a clash between those who are for civilization, and those who are against it.There’s text (see God's Chosen People) by well-known Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder which can be used as textbook of European liberal’s anti-Israel statements: The State of Israel, in its current form, is history (e.g.
Israel has no right to exist as Jewish national state) We call baby killers. In August , author Jostein Gaarder created a controversy in Norway after publishing an op-ed "God's chosen people" in the Aftenposten, one of the country's major newspapers, in which he compared Israel to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and declared that Israel has lost its right to exist.
Some remarks on Jostein Gaarder’s Julemysteriet / The Christmas Mystery by Sylvia Haworth I gather a furore has erupted in Norway concerning author Jostein .
Oct 14, · Open Letter to Jostein Gaarder; Reflections from The Second Draft. letter of recommendation for a student because she wanted to go to an Israeli university and he was pledged to boycott Israel.
anti-Semitism. If, under some circumstances, civil disobedience and breaking rules is called for, it’s a right to use only in. The many anti-Israeli cartoons in a variety of papers show how Norwegian anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism overlap.[xi] These caricatures recycle classic anti-Semitic motifs.
The socialist Hamar Arbeiderblad depicted Sharon with horns, a theme alluding to the Devil.
Jostein Gaarder’s Supercessionism Solomonia I’ve finally read all three parts (in one big essay) of Richard Landes’s fisking of Jostein Gaarder’s piece (previous: Pop Quiz: When does legitimate criticism of Israel cross the line in anti-Semitism?).