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Muslims and Islam as fifth column

Reader comment on item: Islamists in the Courtroom
in response to reader comment: Conflict of Truth: Freedom of Speech and Religion as Tools Against Liberty

Submitted by Oscar Navarro (United States), Jun 7, 2007 at 20:12

"Do we protect the freedoms which are granted by a power greater than they propose and which they are trying to steal, or lose them for our unwillingness to protect because of a lack of faith in them?" (Tovey)

In my opinion the price of living in a democracy is that too much attention is paid to those who think like Pogo who said "I've met the enemy and it is us". Islam and Muslims are not seen as a direct threat because many have the belief that because Islam is a religion, then it must be inherently good. If anyone attacks Islam directly then it is seen as being un-American and bigoted, racist, Islamophobic, etc.

Since most people don't like to be labeled in this way they would rather pretend that it's only the fanatics who are our enemies. While we are indulging in this self-delusion, the smarter and stealthier "moderate" Muslims attack us by using our sense as a nation that we are above the fray or too sophisticated to gain advantage. In a sense we are giving the "moderate" Muslims the rope from which they'll hang us.


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