An interesting column is up today, by Bruce Bialosky, entitled Let’s All Accept Islam.
The author is right that these Muslim theocracies are incredibly benighted, period, when it comes to political and human rights.
But what the author largely misses, as Bill Maher would quickly point out, is that what he is rightly skewering has a hell of a lot more to do with the nature of Theocracy than with the nature of Islam or any other religion. This is surely not a surprise given the author's political and religious biases. But if Bialosky wants to be intellectually honest, he'll have to accept the existence of a richly documented past of theocracies, ranging from pagan to Christian to Jewish to Mormon, featuring the broad suppression of women and in which social deviance of many kinds is met with violence on an institutional level.
The Old Testament reminds us that theocracies have rolled like this for quite some time.
Theocracy sucks. That's a statement to which Harrogate allows no "on the other hand."