(Digression) Heartland 'Institute' enters the Islamophobia scene
Praise the Free Market! With each passing day, the 'policy analyses' coming from the staff of the Heartland Institute, a 'policy analysis' group which has been described by one of the world's leading commentators1 as "the premier global warming denialist outfit", become less and less distinguishable from the teachings of Sarah Palin.
Yep: the Heartland Institute is now joining the Islamophobia scene.
Over at one of Heartland's blogs, Freedom Pub, James Lakely warns of the coming "dhimmitude" of the US: [cached]
Paul [Mirengoff] at Power Line is [...] suspicious [of the FBI's motives]:In other words, the US will soon slide into a state of "dhimmitude" if we don't heed some random pundit's conspiracy theory.This raises the suspicion that the FBI visit [to Rev. Terry Jones, who threatened to burn copies of the Quran] was an attempt to intimidate Rev. Jones. A visit for this purpose would be an entirely improper infringement on his (and by extension our) civil liberties.[...] There is something wrong with this dynamic. Something a bit un-American. Something rightly labeled dhimmitude.
Then there's Philip Jerome Chesser, whose argument seems to be this: Muslims are trying to build a mosque near Ground Zero, therefore most American Muslims are illegal immigrants. Or something. [cached]
And last but not least, Philip J. Stadler actually defends Islamophobia: [cached]
My question, as I struggle to address Islamophobia in America, is this: Where are the moderate Muslims? [...]So Stadler wants to know if he's watching the wrong news programs or surfing the wrong web sites. I think that's pretty easy -- one can try to go through the following questions without looking up the answers:
Again, where are the not quite a billion moderate Muslims? Perhaps I'm watching the wrong news programs or surfing different websites, but I don't hear any Muslims saying, "Hey, I read the Quran every day and a pray every day and I live my life to please Allah, and I don't believe in Jihad or the necessity to destroy the infidels. I don't agree with how they are interpreting the writings or teachings. They do not believe what I believe."
- Ramadan (which recently passed, by the way) is defined as _____
- the month in which jihadists carry out more terrorist attacks than usual.
- ... what? I don't know and I don't care!
- none of the above.
- Eid ul-Fitr is defined as _____
- I don't know! I don't care!
- the festival during which Muslims celebrate the 9/11 attack.
- none of the above.
- Abdul Alhazred is _____
- none of the below.
- just another jihadist who hates America.
- ARGH!!! Didn't I say I don't care?
Oh well. Perhaps after a while the Heartland staff, like Palin, will be able to see Russia from their houses. Also, mooseburgers. God Bless America!
- I use the word "leading" in the same sense as Heartland: to make the guy seem more impressive.