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The distinction is, indeed, important, Ms. Boorstein.

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Submitted by Michael Joyce (United States), Aug 18, 2010 at 15:35

If Ms. Boorstein's final question is not facetious, then I think that it is, indeed, an important distinction.

Dr. Pipes has been consistent for years that, in his own words, "militant Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution."

The radicals at CAIR and elsewhere have just as consistently besmirched his good name by misquoting and misattributing his words. Douglas William "Ibrahim" Hooper and Hussein Ibish are among the most vocal of his dishonest critics, in my opinion. The cry of "Islamophobe" from these two, referencing Dr. Pipes, is especially egregious. If "Islamophile" had the same sting, I would employ it against Hooper, Ibish and many, many others.

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