Brothers, you can believe in stones as long as you don’t throw them at me.
I was a little weary of putting up this interview with Wafa Sultan on my site. My fear was, and is, that I would seem like so many Muslim-bashers who see her words as an opportunity to praise a token Muslim who sees things their way. It’s a token mentality that bothers me, and I worry about being misinterpreted as (more on this later).
But I was moved by Sultan’s words and courage and they challenged me even more. First, she is a women. Both in the culture she was speaking to and largely in this culture, women’s views and opinions are not given the weight and credit that is due them. Dr. Sultan also challenged and thought critically about the history and culture from which she had come. If there is one thing I can learn from her it is that I must be a critical thinker as it relates to my own culture.
Many will hear her words and just point at it as a way to tout their own views even more. I say we look at her words and then check our history and see if there needs to be some harsh words spoken about our actions.
You can read a partial Transcript here.
Follow-up story in NYT.