The 'land between the rivers' takes on a new meaning, at an hour when the rivers are these:

1) We need to talk about the danger posed by violent, apocalyptic Islam.

2) We need to make sure we don't paint Islam per se as the problem.

Historian Timothy R. Furnish has a good piece on that topic. I liked the SNL bit, too, though.

That's a good way of at least beginning to acknowledge the elephant in the room: the fear that many 'right-thinking' people feel when they are asked to address this topic. There's a huge difference between the virtue of charity towards strangers, and the vices of dishonesty and cowardice. It's only the brave who can truly be charitable here. It is only those of us who are not afraid who can extend a kind and honest hand. First, you must be brave.


Texan99 said...

A comedian I've never heard of named Dean Obeidallah has announced a "Draw Your Favorite Islamophobe" contest, thus completely missing the point.


Grim said...

Wow, that's amazing. You're right: I don't see how you could possibly miss the point more cleanly than that.

Eric Blair said...

Islam per se, *is* the problem. And has been since Heraclius was Emperor of the Romans.