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Ian McEwan attacks Islam

I’m not sure Ian McEwan is barking up the right tree here after defending Martin Amis (who is clearly bonkers) and attacking Islam. The Independent has the story.

“A dear friend had been called a racist,” he (McEwan) said. “As soon as a writer expresses an opinion against Islamism, immediately someone on the left leaps to his feet and claims that because the majority of Muslims are dark-skinned, he who criticises it is racist.

“This is logically absurd and morally unacceptable. Martin is not a racist. And I myself despise Islamism, because it wants to create a society that I detest, based on religious belief, on a text, on lack of freedom for women, intolerance towards homosexuality and so on – we know it well.”

I can see his point, but using words like ‘despise’ doesn’t heal wounds.

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