Thanks for a link to that primer which says, “The Arabic word ‘Allah’ is ‘God’ in the English language. ‘Muslim’ is ‘Submitter’. ‘Islam’ is ‘Submission,’ ” and ‘You may be a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, a Zoroastrian, a Muslim — will you have objection to the statement, “I submit to God and practice the religion of submission to God”?’

The centrality of submission to Islam is all I need to make the criticism of that religion in the article. So thanks for supporting my case, though I’m not sure that was your intention.

If youre a Muslim, I wonder whether you’ve asked why it’s so important for God’s creatures to submit to their creator. Do you think it may have something to do with the formative militarism of Islam, which taps into our instinctive, animalistic predilection for dominance hierarchies, as I suggest in the article? If not, why not?

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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