In which my praise of Dearborn Muslims is condemned as Islamophobic

Here’s a response to my post where I praised Dearborn Muslims for their reaction to the Terry Jones kerfluffle.  Blogger “Shams” associates my post with “birtherism,” “racism,” “homophobia,” the Iraq war, the Afghanistan war, the price of gasoline, American middle eastern policy, and the economy generally.  Shams also accuses me of being “islamophobic” for having…

Due credit to Dearborn Muslims for sending the right message on Terry Jones

Pointing out the recent stories concerning Terry Jones’s plans to protest outside Dearborn, Michigan’s largest mosque—and noting that a local CAIR leader, Dawud Walid, among others, rightly and admirably criticized the legal attempts to shut down Jones’s speech—commenter BSK invites me to defend my argument that American Muslims have a “messaging” problem.  As readers will…

“Wimpy” delivery of denunciations

A Muslim reader writes: On the point of Muslims’ “wimpy delivery of denunciations”: I agree with you that Muslims are wimpy when they denounce terror, but here’s why it generally happens: Imagine if your people get murdered and butchered daily with little to no media coverage, including heinous crimes against children as well (how else…

Muslims and PR: A response to comments

Because of the large number of comments, I hope it is acceptable that I respond to them en masse below.   First, perhaps I didn’t clearly set out the nature of my argument and observations.  I did not prescribe how any Muslim should think about his faith.  I did not purport to impose a moral obligation…