[ExI] Pigeons offend Islam

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 20:29:30 UTC 2015

On Sat, Jun 6, 2015 at 12:17 PM, David Lubkin <lubkin at unreasonable.com>

> Is it not the fallacy of No True Scotsman to say that the Islamic State is
> not Islamic?

Not so much.  There is a property of being Islamic, that ISIS uses to claim
moral superiority.  A broad self-applied definition of said term would have
no basis for said moral superiority; rather, it is whether it acts in ways
in accordance with what most other recognized Muslims define as being

> My approach is to assume that a self-definition I'm presented with is
> true, excluding absurdities. If you tell me you're Islamic or a musician,
> I'll adopt a working assumption that you are. If you tell me you're Thomas
> Edison or a jelly bean, I'll assume you aren't.

That's the thing.  Has ISIS gotten to the point of such an absurdity now?
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