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Fundamentalists never tolerate moderation

April 1, 2012 // 1 Comment

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The worst-case scenario is unfolding in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood has broken its pledge not to seek the presidency. Since the ouster of Mr. Mubarak, however, many younger and reform-minded members have said they have grown disappointed [...]

The leader of the (sane) opposition

August 5, 2011 // 0 Comments

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can forget ever getting the Republican presidential nomination after turning his trademark bluntness on a significant faction of the GOP base. “This Sharia law business is crap,” said Christie, denouncing [...]

Reaction from the Muslim world

May 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

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A telling sampling, collected by Al Jazeera: Libyan rebels, fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, broadly welcome the news of the death of al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told AFP in an interview that [...]

Tavis Smiley at it again

February 20, 2011 // 1 Comment

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The winner of 2010’s worst use of moral equivalence now asserts that it’s wrong for Americans to lecture the Arab world on gender, “as if somehow we treat women better in this country.” Is that up for debate? Fortunately, [...]

Nothing sane about Yusuf Islam

November 2, 2010 // 3 Comments

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Why was the Islamic fundamentalist formerly known as Cat Stevens invited to the Stewart-Colbert rally? Salman Rushdie is right to gripe. In my previous post about Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam I quoted Salman Rushdie’s surprise that Jon Stewart had [...]