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What al Azami is showing here is his own lack of nuance: his inability to distinguish criticism of ideas from oppression of canada goose outlet online people. In fact, one could consider that a form of racism, too the view that it wrong to criticize bad ideas when they held by brown people, but okay to canada goose outlet store toronto do so when they held by white people. The recent promotion of multiculturalism has its good side many world cultures have wonderful things to which we should be exposed. But it also has its dark side, a side amply displayed by al Azami. And that is that we should refrain from criticizing bad ideas when they espoused by people who don look like us.

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