19 August 2010

The Cynical Brilliance of Imam Rauf - Article - National Review Online

Something else Reason keeps missing on this story. The State Department is funding imam Rauf on his world fund raising tour.

Me, little miss newbie to libertarianism, thinks there should be some sort of libertarian issue in there someplace.  You would think I could see it at Reason first, right?  Not a chance, unless they start calling the rest of us religious bigots for questioning government money for his little fund raising tour.
The Cynical Brilliance of Imam Rauf - Article - National Review Online:
"Then we come to Imam Rauf himself. To his liberal defenders, he is a sort of respectable Deepak Chopra who at respectable places like Aspen mouths pop platitudes of interfaith tolerance — so much so that our own State Department has employed him, apparently for quite some time, for goodwill gallivanting abroad.

But to those in the Middle East, he is known equally well for doing what he can, as a Western liberal, to contextualize terrorism, bin Laden, and Islamic extremism within the tired Western postmodern tropes of cultural relativism: “The United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened” on 9/11; “In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the U.S.A.”; “The U.S. and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end”; “The issue of terrorism is a very complex question”; “The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets” — blah, blah, blah, like all the thinkery that one hears in the faculty lounge."

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