It’s funny that leftists, liberals and Muslims themselves keep on saying that counterjihadists ‘generalise’ about Muslims. They too are generalising about all critics of Islam and Muslims by assuming they know nothing about Islam. That the counter-jihadists are all ‘bigots’ or ‘racists’. That they ‘know no Muslims personally’.
No. We don’t know what ‘all’ Muslims think. But we have spoken to many. We have read things in the newspapers, on the Net, and I have seen surveys and statistics. On this view you could not say anything because almost every sentence anyone utters will contain some generalisation or other. Anti-racists, etc. generalise about all critics of Islam, as I have said.
In any case, it is not necessary to say that ‘all’ Muslims agree on ‘everything’. Why would anyone need or want to claim that? However, their religion, Islam, contains enough components to have the negative effects we have described. Some of ‘us’ have read the Koran, the hadiths, etc. as well as read about the life of Muhammad and the history of Islam. It cannot be said that we have ‘preconceived notions of Islam’. That is an assumption and a generalisation about critics of Islam. What we do have is a critical attitude towards Islam. That isn’t the same as being ‘ignorant’ of Islam or of having ‘preconceived notions’ about it.