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Isn't this really an example of "special status"

Reader comment on item: Another Islamist Soldier Turns Terrorist in Texas

Submitted by John in Michigan, USA (United States), Aug 2, 2011 at 00:47

"This Abdo-army consensus has vast implications for Islam in America, suggesting that Muslims constitute a fifth column and cannot be loyal citizens. I disagree..."

I am delighted (but not surprised) to read that you disagree, but, I am still baffled as to the basis for the first part of this statement. Other than the mere act of granting Abdo C.O. status, what evidence to you have that the Army is suggesting that Muslims cannot be loyal citizens?

Isn't this Army decision rather an example of the Army granting special status to Muslims -- a tendency you have condemned repeatedly, but a tendency with far different implications that your "fifth column" interpretation of the Army's decision?

Yours in puzzlement,

- John


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Abdo says that as a Muslim he cannot be a loyal US soldier and the US Army gives him C.O. status, implicitly agreeing with him.

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