Harris Zafar's Islamic Intellectual Incoherence

Harris Zafar, national spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, posted recently at the Washington Post's online Guest Voices blog the article "Making Islamic Sense of Free Speech." Review of Zafar's analysis shows that he makes no sense, Islamic or otherwise, at all with respect to free speech. If anything, Zafar deceptively offers justification for censorship all the while proclaiming respect for intellectual freedom. Zafar references recent Saudi Arabian prosecutions of individuals for statements deemed offensive to Islam as "incidents" that "have re-ignited the age old debate about... freedom of speech, especially with regards to Islam." Zafar asserts that "many secularists champion individual privileges" (not rights, Zafar curiously writes), while "Islam promotes... uniting mankind and cultivating love." According to Zafar, both Islam and "modern-day free speech advocates" each "endorse freedom for people to express themselves, but Islam promotes unity, whereas" the...(Read Full Article)