Azzi’s demeanor changed abruptly. “No!” he said.
Azzi talked over him saying: “Let’s just take one question at a time, shall we?”
“Well, I wanted to go back to the other question…”
“Well, let me — let me talk about sharia for a minute, all right?” said Azzi, clearly agitated.
“Sure, that would be good,” said the man.
“Sharia is not a body of law,” he claimed.
Talking over him again and stuttering about Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition, he raised his voice and said: “Now let me finish!”
“Sharia in the Koran speaks to justice, and authority, and hospitality, and equity…” Then he stopped again. “I’m not finished!” he yelled, though no one had interrupted. “We have a lot of time here. I’m here for two hours.”
“If you would kindly memorize your questions rather than looking at your tablet…” said Aziz scornfully. The man had an iPad in his lap.
Then he lectured us all, saying Americans’ views are affected by their “privilege” and that Middle Eastern countries were “exploited, marginalized, and colonized by Europeans they’re now trying to recover from.” He cited Ferguson, Baltimore, Denver, and Minneapolis/St. Paul as “our own colonies.”
“Why are there so many suicide bombers in the Muslim religion?” asked a woman.
It’s all our fault, I guess.