Pitzer College professor Phil Zuckerman, an outspoken atheist, recently told a Georgetown University audience that fear of retaliation keeps him silent on the atrocities he sees exhibited within Islam. Despite considering Islam much more damaging than Christianity, he pointed out that he routinely criticizes the latter:
I’ve got three kids, so I know I can say anything about Christianity or Mormonism, and that’s wonderful. Thank you. I would never write the same kind of stuff that I do about certain religions – Judaism, Christianity, LDS, whatever – as I would about Islam. Just straight up fear.
Zuckerman went on to say that, while he feels it is “OK for those on the left to critique, mock, deride Christianity,” it is clear that Islam gets a pass.
He described the phenomenon as “strange, because if you care about women’s rights, if you care about human rights, if you care about gay rights, then Islam is much more problematic.
The professor concluded by declaring Christianity a “great friend of secular culture,” contrasting it with the “much more debilitating” tenets of Islam. He clarified:
I’m not talking about Muslim individuals that I happen to sit next to on an airplane or are my neighbors. I’m talking about doctrines and those that have the power to enforce those doctrines in the form of Sharia law.