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Thread Freedom of speech debate heats up in France after death threats to 16-year-old girl who called Islam "religion of hate"
Speaking as someone who has been on the receiving end of Islamophobia (like I mentioned earlier in the thread), but whose life has also been negatively impacted by Islam, I feel it isn't about the criticism in and of itself, but being responsible in how you give it. Context is also important. There's a big difference in an ex-Muslim harshly speaking out against the faith which oppressed them and some racist right-wing politician stoking xenophobia and paranoia. It's a complex issue which requires some thought and tact, for sure. But some people like myself are victims in multiple ways. And I can't help but feel that Islam should not be shielded from critique so it can continue to modernise. Thankfully many Muslims follow a progressive interpretation of Islam, and that kind of progress should be encouraged and not be assumed to be the norm. Even in secular countries, many women and LGBT+ Muslims face pressure, whether indirect or direct, to follow patriarchal and harmful customs and do not have full autonomy over their lives. They are victims of Islamophobia and are hurt by Islamophobic rhetoric (growing up as a young teen post-9/11 was not fun, let me tell you, especially when you were instantly identifiable as a Muslim like I was). TLDR: I think this is a subject that requires a lot of nuance, and people should avoid looking at it through one extreme lens or another. But instead show empathy towards all of the people who are hurt and marginalised by these issues.