Listen to this really illuminating podcast that’s been widely shared on social media this week.
It features a discussion between John Semley, a high profile Canadian critic of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and his fellow Canadian, the cartoonist “Eiynah”, pseudonymous author of the blog Nice Mangos.
It’s fascinating to observe the dynamic between the moderately progressive Eiynah, an ex-Muslim atheist who writes a blog on Islam and sexuality, and Semley who also self-identifies as a “progressive”.
As a former Muslim, who turns a wry eye on conservative Islamic culture and its attitudes to sex, Eiynah argues for solidarity with publications, such as Charlie Hebdo, who do the same; whilst Semley, the consummate western liberal progressive, believes it to be a racist monstrosity, unworthy of support from his political kin.
Eiynah argues that Islam is not a race; after all, she considers herself to be “ex-Muslim”.
He describes Charlie Hebdo as “pudgy French intellectuals drawing Mohammed’s asshole.”
You would not think that their positions would diverge so wildly on this subject, but they do.