Stephen Schwartz has a great article on why it’s so hard for an American Muslim to speak out in favor of his adopted country.
I have a good friend, a fellow USN shipmate who emigrated from the Middle East, who is a lucky immigrant because he had skills he could quickly put to use in the larger world. He and his wife homeschool their kids because the Islamic schools in the DC area are too Wahabi. This is one reason:
What happens when ordinary Muslims rebel against radical domination in America? They are ostracized, thrown out of mosques, and subjected to extraordinary public insults and threats.
This is one reason why my view of things is a bit different from Charles Johnson’s. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of personal and family risk, to do the right thing sometimes. We saw this in the Civil Rights Movement days, when it was in the best interest of people with power wanted to keep the viewpoints in line.
That’s why the first email I sent after we pulled in following 9/11 was to my Muslim USN friend. It’s pretty lonely in that position, and those folks who get it need all the support we can muster.
Who can you support? How can I find a way to defeat the
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