The latest gem from Schizopher Hitchens on Islam

Got into a "What’s wrong with the ‘What’s wrong with Islam’-discussion"-discussion over on Jewcy, a Jewish community blog.

Progressive Jewish blogger Richard Silverstein of Tikkun Olam had rightly taken Christopher Hitchens to task for his latest bit of myopic sophistry on Islam–in this case, Hitchens claimed that the word "Islam" is not really related to "peace" because it involves , gasp, "peace through submission".  A petty, trivial point in the scheme of things, but with Muslims all mole hills are mountains, of course.

The usual zombies rose out of the muck to mock Silverstein as a "dhimmi" for daring to extend Islam the same courtesies accorded other religions, and I ended up breaking out a can of whoop-ass.

The exchange is fairly long and wide-ranging, and eventually elicited some thoughtful comments from people on the other side of the debate.

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