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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jun 5, 2022 at 11:56

Dear Dr Pipes,

Let me begin with the assumption that Erik Bleich and Maurits van der Veen are right. After that I will try to give my theory why they **choose** to be wrong.

If these two authors are right then there should not be any reporting on the persistent political and social demands by Muslims any where in the world. We should not write about when innocent people are killed by Muslims all over the world. We should not be concerned when we, the non-Muslims, are flexible about our religions but Muslims follow theirs 24x7x365 without worrying about disruptions and inconveniences to others. We should not worry when we voluntarily silence our church bells but have to listen to Islamic prayers at wee hours of the morning and throughout the day. We should genuflect and accept that our scriptures are wrong and our icons are fit to be destroyed. When we revisit the destruction of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11, we should just praise, praise, and more praise Islam. When we see the aggressively violent 15-century long history of Islam, we should just apologize. When we see the demands for driver-license pictures with face covered, we should just assume that it is a light-hearted comedy and not stubborn stupidity. And, I can go on and on and on.

As a person who believes that Islam is standing on very thin intellectual ice and should be challenged on every possible communication channel, I definitely believe that Erik Bleich and Maurits van der Veen are
wrong. Since they are claiming that their findings are based on computational methods, they bring disrepute to computational analysis. It will be fun to look at their algorithms and rip them apart. But no one will do it. No one will dare to do it. Because no one wants to be called a bigot. So, Erik Bleich and Maurits van der Veen will safely choose to be wrong and will never be challenged.

We live in the woke culture. It is currently admirable to play victims. Everyone is someone's victim and, so, can deny responsibility for ever and be admired. Politicians can win elections if the let the victims be victims and, in fact, create even more feigned victims. If the professors bring out the truth, they will be called bigots and will never be published. On the other hand if they lie and join the game, they will get published, be admired, be popular, and may even get some grants.

That is why Erik Bleich and Maurits van der Veen are saying what they are saying. If I have hundred extra dollars, I will like buy their book and rip it apart but I do not want to waste my hard-earned dollars in making these authors richer.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Yes, invoking Edward Said and confirming his arguments is the best way to find a publisher and attain tenure.

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