Colin Powell hosted an Iftaar dinner (the evening meal to break the day’s Ramadan fast) last night at the State Department.
In his address to the gathering, he declared: “I have learned about Islam as a religion of peace and caring, a religion that teaches values we all share, such as tolerance, justice, and respect for human dignity.”
That’s wonderful, and it’s undoubtedly true that millions of Muslims share the values of tolerance, justice, and respect for human dignity. It’s also undoubtedly true that within Islam there are broad and established traditions with quite different takes on tolerance, justice, and respect for human dignity from what we might expect. One need only look at Shirin Ebadi’s struggle to end, among other things,