Legitimate criticism or racism? The debate on criticising Islam goes on

In late February and during the ongoing debate on how to criticise Islam, DIE ZEIT published an article entitled “Liberal Racism”. The author claimed that the opponents of Islam claimed to defend enlightenment and modernity, while actually preaching racism and making every single Muslim responsible for any crime that may or may not be related to Islam.

Now the same paper has published a response by another author, who rejects this accusation and who suggests that it is not racist to state the differences between Islam and Islamism. He criticises in particular the Islamic associations in Germany for not being open to discuss Islamism and for promoting a very conservative and orthodox morality.

It seems that the debate, which started in early January, is far from being over.