An Englishman of forty years residence in Wales pontificates about politics (slightly off-message), films and trivia. Secretary of Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats. Candidate for Neath in the Westminster elections of 1997 & 2017 and the Welsh general election of 2016.
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Criticism of a government is not an attack upon its state religion
A powerful reinforcement comes from someone with more authority than my own:
At my local university I have been shocked at the racist and Islamophobic comments made in talks and seminars by those who support Israel unreservedly. Had I made similar comments about Jews and Judaism, I would have been thrown out. Islam is no more homogenous than Judaism or Christianity and the way it is practised is as much cultural, political and historical as any other. When I condemn Saudi Arabia or ISIS I am not condemning Islam as a whole, nor do I delegitimize Saudi as a State. On the contrary I am often defending Islam. When I criticise Israel, as a Jew myself, I am not attacking Judaism, I am criticising a regime that gives Judaism a bad name and when I criticise the USA, I am often criticising those who give Christianity a bad name.
Thanks to Liberal Democrat Voice, where Miranda Pinch's whole article deserves wide reading.