Irshad Manji on Allah, Liberty and Love
The director of the Moral Courage Project says so-called "respect" for Muslims is often lined with fear and "low expectations" of those practising the faith.
“Offence is the price of honest diversity,” says Irshad Manji, director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University. According to Manji, different ideas will inevitably offend different people and we should therefore strive to be pluralists. What does she think the limits to free speech are? Absolutely none when it comes to the publication of content. Putting this idea into practice, Manji asked YouTube to repost a death threat made against her on the video-sharing website. Speaking at the event, Manji also takes issue with some of the responses given by Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, in his interview with Free Speech Debate on the BBC and religion. She describes the “sense of offence” cited by Muslims in controversial religious matters as a “ploy” to shut down dialogue. Furthermore, she adds, so-called “respect” for Muslims often goes hand-in-hand with fear and is “lined with low expectations” of those practising the faith.
(Main image: Professor Irshad Manji, director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University. Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)