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Islam is currently protected from critique. This was not always so. Thomas Jefferson could declare that Muslims believe "that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise." John Quincy Adams could acknowledge that Muhammad "degraded" the female sex and "declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind." Winston Churchill could write of Islam, "No stronger retrograde force exists in the world." Pope Callixtus III could assess Islam as "diabolical."


Such critique is taboo today. A few days after 9-11, then-president George Bush declared that "Islam is peace." In February, 2015, after ISIS burned a Jordanian pilot alive in a cage, President Obama attempted to redirect outrage towards the Crusades. In 2016, Pope Francis said, "If I speak of Islamic violence, I should speak of Catholic violence … there is always a small group of fundamentalists … Terrorism grows when there are no other options, and when the center of the global economy is the god of money and not the person."


This no-go-zone surrounding Islam, where all critics are vaporized by ever-vigilant thought police, was erected and is maintained by a variety of forces. One of those forces is capital-A Atheism, that is Atheism as a proselytizing belief system.


Atheists have long promulgated their unique twist on cultural relativism. In 2005, an Atheist invented The Flying Spaghetti Monster. The larger point of his project: all religions are importantly identical; that is, they are all equally ridiculous. A deity invented out of spaghetti and meatballs has as much depth, truth value and relevance as any other.Scissors-32x32.png

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