A number of Facebook pages, such as Countering Social Justice Hegemony and Let's talk about Islamism, have recently emerged that address the concerns of those opposing all religious fundamentalism, particularly Islamism.

I say "particularly" because that movement poses a unique and significant threat to the values that the West has long fought to establish. It is also a wider threat because Islamists are organized and their efforts are concerted. One threatened value is the right to express oneself in open debate without fear of retribution.

The threat is not just from Islamists themselves. The liberal left also cries blasphemy or Islamophobia whenever fundamentalist practices are questioned. This serves to quash legitimate debate and stymie any chance of reforming traditional practices that marginalize many within these communities. In that sense, the liberal narrative on the issue of freedom of speech is marred with inconsistencies.

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