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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Left and Right Weigh in On Islamofacists

Anne Applebaum, a generally conservative writer has a great op/ed piece in the Washington Post today on why we need to quit apologizing to Islamics every time they get their collective undies in a bundle over a comment.

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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5Comments:

Blogger Rebekah said...

Great points. While Christians condemn OUR one or two public nutcases, I see no "moderate" Muslims condemning the thousands of terrorists.

2:45 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Will it scare him enough to get him to vote conservative? He probably isn't that scared which means he isn't scared enough yet.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Maricopa Mark said...

I'm beginning to think "moderate Muslim" is an oxymoron.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

I'm starting to agree with you Mark :)

Shoprat, I'm pretty sure that it won't cause him to take a hard right in the voting booth.

6:41 PM  
Blogger asacan said...

As I listened to the out-takes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinijad's UN "speach" (or should I call it a prayer, since he prayed three different times during his speech), I had to wonder about something. While he stood right up on stage saying that Iran's nuclear research, hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars, worth, is only for peaceful purposes.

But during each of his prayers, he calls on God to send or reveal the Mahdi (someone who they believe will prepare for Jesus's return and fight along side Jesus against the heretics right up to the end of the world). So it is widely known that Ahmadinijad sincerely believes that the all of this will take place immenently.

So this brings a question to my mind. WHY DOES HE NEED NUCLEAR POWER? If the world is going to end within the next two to few years as he has predicted, why would Iran waste so much money on nuclear energy? According to his predictions, it will all be just about over before their power plants could possibly be online.

I just can't get over how people refuse to act against Iran's nuclear program. Now even Hugo Chavez (what a mad speech he gave) is threatening to protect Iran (wonder why that would be?) during his crazed UN address.

I guess it's just some food for thought. Not worth much more than that since no one will act on it, and/or they will get angered if the US and UK have to take matters into our own hand.

9:13 AM  

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