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Re Dr Pipes - why Matthew Yglesias thinks you approve - an added argument about legitimacy

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Dec 1, 2009 at 06:30

quoting in reverse order to get the meaning right "(...)potentially legitimates(...)" "(...)anti-Islamic sentiments(...)" is what caught Yglesias' attention. Yglesias' standpoint is that nothing could ever legitimize anti-islamic sentiments. Even talking about other people who have those sentiments without condemnation, places Dr Pipes in the islamophobic camp, that is the logic.

Yglesias would not allow for a prediction based on facts because he is against the tone of the outcome. The logic I reconstructed is of ideologic nature. What are the facts, why use the word "legitimate" ? The swiss vote is not one out of many polls undertaken by some research institute. It is a democratic expression of a people, by legitimate means that is now on public record and bears real consequences on a legal level. This quality of democratic legitimacy is a very strong one.

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