The Left and Right Weigh in On Islamofacists
The Pope, of course, set off the latest firestorm by quoting a historic text that Islam is a religion spread not by missionaries, but by the sword. Proving him right, Islamic scholars have called for the slaying of the followers of the Pope, killed a nun, burned some churches, and recalled ambassadors.
Anne points out that Islam, as a religion of peace, is a joke. While some will say "Christians are just as bad, look at Fred Phelps!", keep in mind that unlike minded Christians have no problem publicly denouncing Fred. Find the unlike minded Muslims who've come out against the decrees to kill the followers of the Pope.
The fact is, if moderate Muslims want their religion to be thought of as a religion of piece, at times like this when one cleric calls for killing Christians, two dozen need to denounce him, loudly, publicly, and continuously.
And on the left, Sam Harris a self-described liberal who hates Bush, wants higher taxes, and believes that stem cell research was funded before Bush writes in the LA Times that the left scares him when it comes to fighting terrorism.
But my correspondence with liberals has convinced me that liberalism has grown dangerously out of touch with the realities of our world — specifically with what devout Muslims actually believe about the West, about paradise and about the ultimate ascendance of their faith.
Harris pulls no punches, and tells it like it is, that the left in charge is a scary thought when it comes to security and terrorism prevention. Unfortunately few other liberals get it, or will admit to getting it for fear of the backlash from the rest of the left.
If you get a chance today, read both columns.
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