Saturday, August 12, 2006

Wafa Sultan Debating Islamic Cleric

PA NOW's listserv alerted me to this video footage from Al Jazeera. Arab-American Psychiatrist, Wafa Sultan, debates--with passion and intelligence--a Muslim Cleric from Algeria.

What is of particular interest to me is her desire to take on the Muslim faith from a secular standpoint. She represents the liberal (read: liberal democracy) position on religion, first articulated by J.S. Mill in On Liberty. One should also consider how all religions have the seeds of a fundamentalist, radical movement contained within. She emphasizes how religion serves as a belief system that creates "Others" and non-believers who are to be castigated and punished for heresy.

Above I linked to this SFGate Story that illustrates what an unsung feminist hero Wafa Sultan is.