Re: Reformation To Come

by Andrew C. McCarthy

Lisa, I agree with a lot of that.  But I think your premise — “we are all quite aware that the Muslims we take seriously are the formers and reformers’” — is mistaken.  We, as in you and I and many of us Corner types, may be aware of that.  But the American people generally are not.  They have been told, repeatedly, by high public officials (and those who would be high public officials) that there is one Islam, that it is a religion of peace (the religion of love and peace, sayeth our Secretary of State), and that the people we need to be concerned about constitute a tiny fringe who have distorted the “true Islam.”  That is a very unrealistic way of looking at the problem, which makes it a disastrous foundation for policies on foreign relations, democracy promotion, immigration, etc.

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