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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Are we afraid of ordinary Muslims? 

Is our fear of ordinary Muslims changing our behavior in countless small ways? In the last day or so, Charles Johnson and Eugene Volokh have documented two very different cases of major institutions -- a huge corporation and a famous university -- giving in to Muslim pressure because they are afraid. This fear is quite obviously not of al Qaeda, but of ordinary Muslims. Is it warranted, or are Borders Books and New York University racist institutions, conjuring and spreading unjustified fear? I'm struggling to come up with a third explanation.

2 Comments:

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Mar 30, 07:24:00 PM:

Perhaps their lawyers are advising them to minimize risk to their employees, and the risk of litigation alleging that they knew about potential "hazards" and ignored them? Isn't that the issue for any entity other than a news source? The news source has that problem, too, but should be balancing it against whether it is necessary to publish the offending thing in order for its readers/viewers to understand the story (and with the cartoons, it seems to me that it is essential) -- MCU  

By Anonymous Ashish, at Fri Mar 31, 01:56:00 PM:

Are we afraid of ordinary Muslims?

Was that a serious question? With all that going on in world, don't you know the (obvious) asnwer?

Non-muslims will be victim of their own political correctness.  

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