But those same questions would have some Christians failing, too, if we were talking about Christianity. For example, Do you accept the legitimacy of scholarly inquiry into the origins of Christianity? Do you see Christians who disagree with you as having fallen into unbelief? Should the state impose religious observance, such as saying a prayer during school?
And others are just plain unreasonable. For instance, “Do you agree that institutions accused of funding terrorism should be shut down?” He is not asking if an institution was convicted of funding terrorism, but rather the merest accusation should be enough to shut them down.
I don’t find Daniel Pipe’s test to be very balanced, and can understand why Hamza Yusuf would be glad to fail it.
But all this is neither here nor there. I’m not saying that you have to like Hamza Yusuf, but I just wanted to point out that at least one Muslim leader in the U.S. is calling for peace and for turning away the haters.
###I have no problem with scholarship into our history, Protestants I may disagree with but they are fellow Christians, prayer in school doesn’t frighten me. I don’t think it is unreasonable during time of war to crack down on the enemies cash flow. I would pass his test rather easily.
Let’s say that Hamza is a great guy. So you have ONE guy on 911 saying it was a bad thing. Hooray. ONE guy. If Muslims were really honestly incensed at this “hijacking” of their religion there would have been hundreds of thousands on the streets crying for Osama’s head on a pole. I didn’t see that. Overseas the arab press continued its usual “it’s the US’s own fault ie. they support those evil Jews”. They didn’t cover the fact that the prisoners at Abu Gharib begged for US troops to stay as they didn’t trust their fellow Muslims who were the new guards. How ironic. Just wait till the next cartoon comes out THEN you will see a million of them on the streets shouting. We’ll discuss this again then.