Oh lordy. An exchange on Facebook. (SIWOTI. I know. I know.)
I shared a link via Tarek Fatah, Muslim mob targets Christian locality in Gujranwala ‘for disrespecting Islam’.
Mr X: Do these people walk on their knuckles?
(Another friend posts a link to Buddhists target Sri Lanka’s Muslims.)
Mr X: The Buddhists are right to be concerned. Muslim men are savages.
(And he gives a link to Wikipedia.)
Ophelia Benson Oi! That’s WAY too general! And Buddhists in Sri Lanka have done their share of terrorizing and violence.
Mr X: Two wrongs don’t make a right. If that list is too general for you how would you like me to make it more specific?
Are you aware of what Muslims are doing in Europe?
Ophelia Benson Yes, “Muslim men are savages” is way too general for me, thank you. See the “via” at the top? I found the link via a Muslim man. Tarek Fatah is no savage.
Mr X: I agree that Tarek Fatah is no savage but read the Koran regarding women’s rights and apostasy.
There’s the savagery.
Ophelia Benson I’m aware of the Koran. I posted the above link, after all! It doesn’t follow that your sweeping generalization is either true or a valuable thing to say.
Mr X: I think it is possible you don’t understand the gravity of the situation. Do you think we should revere the Koran and allow Sharia Law in the US and Canada? You have not addressed the Muslim situation in Europe. Here in Canada our politicians are becoming concerned about our home grown Muslim terrorists in Iraq.
I told him to go look me up on Google before saying that.
Mr X: So why are you defending Muslims? Even Tarek Fatah doesn’t do that.
Ophelia Benson Oh really? Try telling him “Muslim men are savages” and see how well that goes.
You seem not to understand. Have you never heard of the concept of a too-broad generalization before? I’m saying “Muslim men are savages” is much too broad a statement. Do you really not see why? You concede that Tarek Fatah is not a savage. Well that means your statement is not true.
Mr X: You do not seem to understand. Should I say that dogs are four legged animals I am correct.
It does not matter a jot that you have three legged dog.
OH MY GOD!!