Considine, who makes much of his Catholicism, clearly admires [Karen] Armstrong, herself a former nun. In an apparent attempt to out-Armstrong Armstrong, he writes, "I consider Muhammad to be a quintessential anti-racist figure because he promoted peace and equality. Without a doubt, he advanced human rights in an area of the world that had no previous experience with this practice."
Following Armstrong's lead in attempting to contextualize Muhammad's behavior within seventh-century Arab standards, Considine presents him as far more progressive than his contemporaries and even compares him to George Washington. Both sidestep all aspects of Islamic tradition that don't fit their narratives, making them guilty of the same "cherry-picking" they complain about in the work of others. Both rely heavily on obscure passages from questionable sources written centuries after Muhammad's death. And both ignore any evidence of violence advocated in the Koran, especially the 9th Sura.
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