Most of us know the familiar enemies of civilization. We can spot Marxist clowns miles away. The cartoon Jihadis like the CAIR clowns are also obvious.
However, Stephen Schwartz is something different and how we react to people like him may speak vollumes about us. Stephen Schwartz is an American Muslim and brilliant author who is the head of the Center for Islamic Pluralism. The first thing is Schwartz is a patriot and a firm believer in Western Civ. He sees Islam playing a role in Western Civ and we can debate how large. He loves our traditions and our country and sees Islam as being part of our fabric.
He is 100% against all forms of terrorism and causes CAIR more headaches than we ever could. A CAIR clown can dismiss an AC as an Islamophobe but Schwartz presents another problem.
If the vast majority of Muslims were as wise and had the integrity of Stephen Schwartz we would not be where we are today. The late Richard Nixon in his book Beyond Peace cautioned us not to end up in a clash of civilizations with Islam. The clash has been largely forced upon us by Wahabi nuts and violent religious nuts who just have no desire to live in Peace.
I have been reading his articles for a while and have these observations. His articles challenge our assumptions, but we do not see enough Schwartz types speaking up.