[Postings for the next few weeks may be sporadic or abbreviated.]
Nicholas Kristof wrote a cogent and persuasive op-ed in yesterday’s The NY Times directed at those on the Christian right and other extremists who have vilified Muslims generally. As he put it:
I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you. The venom on the airwaves, equating Muslims with terrorists, should embarrass us more than you. Muslims are one of the last minorities in the United States that it is still possible to demean openly, and I apologize for the slurs.
Kristof mentions many of the nasty practices under some variants of Islam I’ve railed about here recently, but he then goes on to praise the many Muslims who work for peace and risk their lives to help their fellows.
My beautiful once-only West Indian model.