The answer of postmodern cultural relativism is: refrain from criticism. Be reticent to comment on unfamiliar religions.
In our ideologically divided world, there seems to be one conviction that atheists and believers subscribe: religion is back on the agenda.
We hear it said we are witnessing a “clash of civilizations”. The most important question, however, is the following: can the problem be solved?
Under the present conditions of religious radicalism, the religiously neutral or secular state has better prospects than multiculturalism.
Should artists and public intellectuals sometimes restrain themselves in criticizing religion, in particular radical Islam?
If freedom of expression, freedom of thought, and freedom of religion are to survive in this world, it is necessary to defend these freedoms.
There is an intense debate about what could be called the compatibility of Islam (or Islamism) with liberal-democratic values.
To understand religious terrorism we first have to listen to what the terrorists themselves are saying. Not many people are prepared to do this.
We have to be on our guard against the forces that undermine democracy. If liberal democracy is to survive we need militant democracy.
The most fruitful definition of atheism is a negative one: an atheist does not believe in the god that theism favours.