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Monday, August 12, 2013
Robert Young seems to take the same position he criticizes (“A fair question for a Muslim writer,” Aug. 7 Pick of the day). If he fully accepts Lauren Green’s main question, then does he judge this book by its superficial title and by her narrow standards?
The Quran includes the story of Jesus, but a Muslim scholar cannot write about him? Only Christians have jurisdiction over Jesus? If so, which ones?
We should not read this book because it is controversial or written by a Muslim? Doesn’t he claim Muslims wrongly do the same with their religion? Only an inferior culture practices blind censorship. Really?
He further implies that Muslims must rarely read Western books because they all speak and read only in Arabic and populate mainly the Middle East.
Green’s main interview question, valid only the first time she asked it, became a blatant way to conceal the obvious weaknesses of her inadequate, antagonistic and ill-presented interview. Clearly, she knew very little about the broader topic.
By not addressing much of anything else, her repeated asking of the same thing only revealed major flaws in her competence as an interviewer and set a pitifully low bar for professional, balanced journalism.
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