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Old 11-09-2012, 11:25 AM   #48
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Here are my thoughts on the article:

1. This is a direct result of the pathetically weak condemnation of Radical Islamists by American Muslims ever since 9/11. If Rany is right about his baseball and apple pie loving co-religionists (in particular, their civil and religious leadership), they've been pretty shy about making it clear.

2. Some unindicted co-conspirators are bad people in one way or another. In fact, I'd go out on a limb and say that most are. Maybe that's not the case with some of the unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation situation, but it's almost surely the case with most of them. That's not to say that they're al Qaeda supporting radicals that yearn for the downfall of America, but when it comes to Hamas there are plenty of American muslims who see them in a more favorable light than they see Israel.

3. It's impossible to believe that a guy can like "Beer for My Horses" but call "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue" a crappy country song unless it's an emotional, negative reaction to American patriotism. I have very little sympathy for Americans who look down their noses at American patriotism.

4. The widespread opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque wouldn't have been there if local Muslims just wanted to build a place to worship. But instead, they wanted a gaudy skyscraper overlooking the site of the still open wound of 9/11. Don't blame the people who reacted. Blame the fools who came up with the idea in the first place. It's completely justified to be offended by the random mosque defacements he talked about in the article, but those were the acts of blameworthy individuals. You can't attribute that to Republicans. You can't find support for those types of actions among Republicans. Blaming Republicans for these types of acts would be like... blaming American muslims for the acts of al Qaeda.

5. It's somewhat hypocritical of Rany to be offended by those who use too broad a brush on muslims and then refuse to vote for Mitt Romney because of the party he belongs to even though he admits (a) that he didn't have a positive reason to vote for Obama and (b) Mitt Romney has never done or said any of the things that Rany complained about in this direckshun-length article.
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