I have found the Muslim communities’ embracing of Chris Hedges to be a curious one. Not that I don’t find points of commonality with some of his writings, but I do find it curious, with his stances on theology (he dismisses the existence of angels) and the nature of religion, to be troublesome if not out of step with Islam itself:
"Religion is our finite, flawed and imperfect expression of the infinite." - From I Don’t Believe In Atheists.
What I find so questionable about Hedges is that while he claims to be a proponent of religion, he seems to reduce religion to a purely human product. This, ironically, is not dissimilar from the atheists standpoint themselves. So, and correct me if I am wrong, it would seem that Hedges disagrees with like likes of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris, not the essence of the arguments, but in form or style.
"I don’t like movies when they don’t have no niggers in ‘em. I went to see, I went to see "Logan’s Run," right. They had a movie of the future called "Logan’s Run." Ain’t no niggers in it. I said, well while folks ain’t planning for us to be here. That’s why we gotta make movies. Then we[‘ll] be in the pictures." - Richard Pryor in "Black Hollywood" from Richard Pryor: Bicentennial Nigger (1976).
I have been a life-long fan of science-fiction my whole life and yet Richard Pryor’s words ring true. There’s an absence of Black folks in this genre. But it goes beyond an absence to a deliberate removal, a method of writing reality in such that Black folks never existed or will exist. Even now, re-reading a book I enjoyed as a child, I am struck with the tacit hostility towards blackness in the book and in this genre as whole. But on the lighter side, I am reminded by Lewis C. K. as to how and why this would come about [my apologies for the language in advance]: