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Demonizing Islam, Alienating Muslims, Harming the US

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"The Cordoba House, in other words, is not only separate and distinct from the identity and ideology of al Qaeda and the 9/11 terrorists, it is a direct repudiation ("refudiation," for Sarah Palin) of them. So the only way that someone could ever confuse the Cordoba Initiative with radical, militant Islam is if that person thought that Islam itself was inseparable from terrorism or terrorist sympathies. That, to me, is highly illuminating. And if a very small handful of radicals who call themselves believers in a religion can hijack that entire religion to stand for the terrible things the radicals do and believe, then, well, Christianity apparently stands for the murder of doctors, the preachings of David Koresh, the beliefs and deeds of Tim McVeigh, the goals of the Huntaree militia...."

It is fitting to close this article by reproducing what another commentator wrote: "All these objections rest on the premise that the 9/11 hijackers, by committing mass murder in the name of Islam, made Islam a religion of mass murder. To accept this equation is to give them the power to define the religion of 1 billion people. That -- not the rise of pro-American Islamic pluralism is the conquest the masterminds of 9/11 sought. Don't let them have it".

A parting thought: It is not the building of the Islamic Center but the opposition to it that is a victory for the radicals, the militants and the terrorists.

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