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Submitted by Prof.Paul Eidelberg (Israel), Aug 5, 2011 at 10:54

In this report of Dr. Pipes, we are told that "Muslims can be patriotic Americans and exemplary Soldiers." Dr. Pipes admits, however, that there is "the need for additional scrutiny of Muslims in government whether serving in government or boarding aircraft. It's unfortunate, it's distasteful, but the common security demands no less."

The question arises: Why is "additional scrutiny of Muslims" necessary" Is this need based solely on analysis of the behavior of many Muslims--as reported perhaps by the media and by law-enforcement officials--or is it also based on a candid evaluation of Islamic Scriptures, such as the Quran, many of whose statements, at first blush, express hatred toward non-Muslims? Surely both sources of information should be examined. Yet, Dr. Pipes emphasizes the former and is virtually silent about the latter.

let's consider the situation in Europe. There we learn that in Norway a European is six times as likely to be raped by a man of Muslim origin as one of European origin. In Malmo, which is heading toward a Muslim-majority population, the rate of robberies in the city is nine times that of Copenhagen. And in other European cities, packs of of Muslims teenagers terrorize non-Muslim teenagers.

These are acts. It seems, however, it is Muslims acts that preoccupy Dr. Pipes to the virtual exclusion to the Islamic doctrines that animate these acts--and of course Muslims learn these doctrines from their teachers or imams, who preach doctrines primarily from Islamic Scriptures like the Quran. But Dr. Pipes typically refrains from referring to the words of Islamic scriptures--as if they do not influence behavior--and thus fail to achieve their intended purpose!

Welcome to the extreme libertarian doctrine of the ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union, which is by no means friendly to Dr. Pipes!

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Daniel Pipes replies:

In reply to the penultimate sentence: I am a historian, so I look at the historical record, not at scripture in isolation, to understand what has taken place.

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