Usaid Siddiqui’s false claims of hypocrisy

Usaid Siddiqui’s false claims of hypocrisy March 12, 2015
Photo: Yann Caradec Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Yann Caradec Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

In an article from Al Jazeera, Usaid Siddiqui, a freelance writer for said publisher, called New Atheism’s stance against Islam “hypocrisy”.

His position reads like many apologists for any faith: out of context quotes and positions that are understood only on the surface.

First he cites the instance of a 69-year-old man who threw plaster grenades into a mosque in France after the Charlie Hebdo attack. He quotes the instigator as saying “I am a republican, an atheist, and what happened at Charlie Hebdo infuriated me.”

What he left out was where the quote continues, and the man says, “[The attack on Charlie Hebdo] is a barrier to the independence of the press in our country”. Also, the man did it at night, when he knew no one was there, and he was intoxicated, adding to the poor decision. The man even admits regret and shame for taking part in such an action.

And while the author continues by using the Communist Party of China (CPC) as an example, it is curious why. As a group that is forcing its members to renounce belief to be considered, and with churches being demolished in certain areas as well as a history of questionable moves regarding spirituality, it is hard to udnerstand how this relates to Islam. In fact, the whole time the CPC is used as an example, it is as an example of how one country, China, has a political party that antagonizes Christians, not Muslims. In fact, the CPC acknowledges and recognizes Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity (inclusive of Catholicism and Protestantism), and, yes, even Islam.

So what this article boils down to is grasping at straws and failing to really make an argument. It is apologetics wrapped in deceit and falsification. Sorry, but the second you have to lie to prove a point, your argument is lost.

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