Today I talked with Irshad Manji, controversial author of “The Trouble with Islam Today,” and subject of an upcoming PBS documentary, “Faith Without Fear.”

We discussed having the image of her religion hijacked by extremists, and what Muslims in North America can do to change that. We also talked at length about how, in many Islamic Middle East nations, women are treated as less than second-class citizens, and the government does nothing about honor killings and stonings.

I asked Irshad about the violent reaction of extremist Muslims to those Danish cartoons, and whether the American media had allowed fear to overwhelm its free speech role by refusing to show those cartoons. It is exactly that violence which has led to death threats against Irshad from Muslims who don’t like her opinions.

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