Monday, June 20, 2011

By Her Testimonials Shall Ye Know Her

If you want to understand where Irshad Manji has been headed of late (i.e. leftward, down the sinkhole of multiculi squishitude), you need look no further than the testimonials on the back cover of her new book Allah, Liberty & Love. "Irshad Manji is the new voice of reform, not only for Islam, but for all religions," enthuses New Agey (yet oddly clueless) guru Deepak Chopra. "Manji challenges us who are not Muslims to take on the closed minds of our own religion, party, community or clan," claims senescent moral relativist Bill Moyers. "This is an important and timely book from the master of moral courage," gushes the lovely Lesley Stahl. Seconding that emotion, feminist icon Gloria Steinem swears that Manji's book "is a passionate argument for passionate argument." As for Fareed Zakaria, some guy on CNN, he insists Manji "is at the forefront of some crucially important trends that are slowly changing the world of Islam."

What--no Thomas L. Friedman? No Noam Chomsky? Were they on vaca or something when the kudos were being collected?

The back cover just ain't the same without 'em.

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