The Duck is hypersensitive to imagined waves of Islamophobia, notably in Randiods. The FBI statistics still indicate this is not going on. The numbers seem to indicate that Muslims are probably more apt to commit a hate crime than to be the victim of one.
The Duck is especially stupid in that the he denigrates the person most able to combat the problem, Stephen Schwartz. Stephen Schwartz founded the CIP to provide a voice that is distinct from CAIR. The CIP serves to educate Americans about Islam and the ordinary Muslims who live down the block. The CIP does not mince words about violent intolerant radicals who endanger their saftey on many levels. The reality is that Schwartz is considered a greater foe of the radicals than the most strident outsider.
More to the point Schwartz presents Islam as it should be and we mostly experience it every day. Most of us have Muslim friends and they should not be lumped with terrorists. Schwartz presents an image of a man who embraces Americanism, Western Civ and a cosmopolitan version of Islam. Schwartz is a man of great knowledge who also values great writers. Someday the question of art and music will come up. The secret is that Schwartz considers himself part of Western Civ and as such Orwell, Shakespeare, Frost and so forth are part of his cultural inheritance too.
This is not to different from the Muslims that are part of our daily lives. In town one of my best friends is a Yankee fan from Brooklyn via Pakistan. I am fairly friendly with the entire family. They still read the NYC tabloids and remember WABC.
My life in NYC is filled with a virtual UN of friends and people of all walks of life. Communists dream of internationalism but Americans transcend the concept each and every day.
Beamish in 08 !!!!!!!
Lately John Brown seem to be stealing my ideas again. He is ending his comments with Mummia in 08. Brown is a herd animal and as such has never had an original thought in his life.