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Reader comment on item: Once considered anti-Islam, senior scholar says he's now in the middle

Submitted by Ralph H Sidway (United States), Aug 19, 2010 at 19:54

The spectrum of warners of Islamic supremacism, whatever form that supremacism takes (violent or stealthy), necessarily is made up of Westerners from all walks of life and from all temperaments. To be surprised that more cool, analytical voices like Daniel Pipes would openly endorse the more confrontational folk like Geert Wilders or the "anti-Islam bloggers", or vice versa, is a surprise only to those who are willfully blind to the threat. The protesters against the Ground Zero Mosque include shirtless bikers in leather vests, and Middle-Eastern men in suits and ties, symbolically linked arm in shirtless arm. Patient endurance and perseverance should win the day for us all, and this nuanced solidarity among supposedly unlikely allies is essential to resisting the poisonous leaven of Islamism.


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