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The unrest and violence that has erupted in more than a dozen countries across North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia has refocused Americans’ attention on two different but not disconnected historical movements in the Muslim world. The first is the campaign of terror launched by Osama bin Laden and an alliance of militant Islamic warriors who have sought to expel the West from Muslim lands, oust pro-Western dictators and unify those lands as a single Islamic nation for over 15 years. This movement, initially supported by America and its allies when it was used to dislodge the Soviet Union from Afghanistan in the 1980s, metastasized into the Al Qaeda terror groups that eventually attacked the United States on 9/11. The toll in American blood and treasure has been over 10,000 lives and trillions of dollars in damages and the cost of U.S. led wars.

Jon Stewart on the Daily Show continued coverage of the New York City Islamic Center controversy last night (“Tennessee No Evil”) taking his examination of the controversy from the Park 51 Center (the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”) in Manhattan, two blocks from the WTC, to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, “18,000 blocks” from the WTC.

Political Pandering Ad Nauseum, A Special Comment

August 26, 2010

“They came first for the Communists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up..”

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Political Pandering Column Postscript

August 8, 2010

This week I wrote about politicians’ pandering to voters over possible fears of Islam — opposing mosques and Islamic community centers in Tennessee and New York City. It is a hot topic and the controversies continue even though the primary elections talked about in the column are over. Today on CNN’s show “Fareed Zakaria: GPS” […]

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Political Pandering and the Bill of Rights

August 5, 2010

Why has standing up for a fundamental Constitutional protection become an act of political courage? That question was one of the least savory aspects of the primary battles that wrapped up this week for U.S. House seats and the Governor’s job in Tennessee but it sadly reflected recent political pandering and religious bigotry at the national level.

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