James White Rebukes Ben Shapiro For Saying That The Majority Of Muslims Are Radical
James R White, a conservative Christian apologist, responds to Ben Shapiro by appealing to consistency. James states most Christians would be considered radical too if the poll asked if they believed Jesus would return and everybody would worship Jesus.
Note: James White called the type of Sharia practiced in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan “frightening and barbaric”. I suppose, out of consistency, James believes the law in the Old Testament is “barbaric and frightening” too – a law which he believes was given by the Father, the Son (now known as Jesus) and the Holy Spirit.
Dr Ali Ataie on FB writes in response to Ben Shapiro’s “The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority” by also appealing to consistency and differing interpretations of texts:
Here’s something I disagree with Ben on. It’s amazing how that intellect can suddenly take a dive. This video is a smokescreen. Shari’ah law is part and parcel of every single Muslim’s identity. Ben doesn’t bother to define what exactly shariah is because he is fully satisfied with your perception of it as being a Draconian penal code from 1400 years ago. Ben is an orthodox Jew who no doubt also believes in the Torah and Talmud.
The five books of Moses are dripping with violence BUT… Ben has his own way of dealing with those texts… right? So what leads him to believe that the vast majority of Muslims do not deal with their violent texts in a similar fashion? How many stonings and hand amputations are happening right now in the Muslim majority world? Where’s the data? Thus to say that a Muslim who believes in shari’ah is a radical is like saying a Jew who believes in halakhah is a radical… ALL of them.
Ben fails to define the nuances, immutables (thawabit), variables (mutaghayyarat), contexts, and interpretations of shari’ah that Muslims understand just by being Muslim. Have you read the Talmud? LORD have mercy! How does Ben deal with the homicidal, pedophilic, anti-Christian, racist rants of its rabbis? It seems that whoever considers the Talmud to be sacred is a radical. According to Pew (2013) most American Jews feel somewhat or very emotionally attached to Israel. Israel. A country that has ethnically cleansed its indigenous population since its inception and is now building on occupied territory. This is illegal according to international law. I guess all of those American Jews are radicals. Nice try Ben