Mad Latinist just pointed me to a great Islamic reform blog, Ali Eteraz
. Dungeons and Dragons and fantasy literature fans will appreciate this post "I Am A Dark Elf
" on why Drizzt Do'Urden
is a better role model than the Prophet Muhammad:
It was far easier to make and be friends with Drizzt than with Muhammad. So what if Drizzt didn't have a bleepin flying horse or couldn't take you to see God? Fact is, Drizzt was the better friend. You see, because when parents taught you about Muhammad, they made him a tool of their enforcement as well. First you were told to love Muhammad, and then, assuming you were willing to fake that, because you loved him you had to confess all the stuff you did wrong! And then, when you got beat up by your dad for admitting to peeking into the servant girl's shower, you had to take your punishment the way Muhammad proscribed it in the Quran: without saying so much as an 'uff' as you are beat. What kind of friend was this? First he led you to be beat up, and then you could not even cry? It is impossible for a child's friend to be the same person as the parents' law giver. There is a huge conflict of interest there that Muslims have not realized when it comes to raising children.