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October 1, 2010

Re: Moderate Muslims -- and Moderate Islam

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Peter Robinson points to an interesting comment today over at Uncommon Knowledge by journalist Claire Berlinski, who begs to differ with her friend Mark Steyn. Whereas there may be moderate Muslims, Mark argues in America Alone, there is no moderate Islam. On the other hand, Berlinski argues:

"Is moderate Islam philosophically possible? Of course it is-it's a dominant strain of Islam. And yes, there are moderate Muslims. Whether there are many of them is the question we should be asking ourselves."
Watch it yourself and make your own judgement, but it seems to me that not only is her argument somewhat unconvincing, but that Berlinski does a very poor job of presenting her argument, as well. Perhaps more appropriately we might say that there are some, if not many, Muslims that are less radical than others in that some, if not many of them, conform to the true tenets of Islam less than others.

This having been said, I enjoyed and agree with Berlinski's book - Margaret Thatcher does indeed matter.

(Thatcher) took a sledgehammer to the nation's postwar socialist consensus -- privatizing state-owned industries, curbing the power of labor unions, reducing welfare, and instituted other free-market reforms that transformed a financially weak and ungovernable Great Britain into a rich and influential global powerhouse. In so doing, she proved to the world that socialism could be reversed and, along with her friend and ally Ronald Reagan, helped to inspire a global free-market revolution.
It's what Americans must begin to do on November 2nd by outsing as many Democrats as possible.

Posted by Richard at October 1, 2010 10:07 AM

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