You complain about George W. Bush’s use of a perfectly legitimate term you don’t like on the day news of a massive terror plot breaks, so I get e-mails like this one (and I have an inbox full of them this evening/morning):
There’s no difference between CAIR and “Islamic Fascists.” NONE! CAIR totally sympathizes with and embraces them. It’s time to let go of the myths of “moderate muslims” or “moderate Arabs.” They don’t exist. There’s no difference between Sunnis, Shia, Shiites or whatever. They ALL want to kill us.
I cannot help but think that if anyone is fueling anti-Muslim bigotry right about now, it is a group like CAIR who is doing it by raising the wrong fears and condemning the wrong people. George Bush, Rick Santorum, etc. help Muslims by defining our enemy as Islamofascists. You ought to take that ball and roll with it, moderate Muslims (you’re out there, I’ve met you, I know it) — you need to make clear terrorists do not speak for you and your religion and groups who only serve to confuse things and stoke anger by misdirected outrage don’t represent you. I don’t speak Arabic and read the Koran so I can’t do it. You who do, you might want to speak louder — we could all use your voice.