I’ve heard from some friends that it’s an awkwardly worded question, but that’s the jumping-off point for my current Washington Post On Faith column. An excerpt is below:
Have Muslims done enough to heal this nation? As a whole, no.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Muslims in America are good citizens who have been unfairly maligned in the past decade. They obviously don’t support terrorism; they want to worship in peace.
The problem is that, when someone legitimately criticizes Islam’s treatment of women, or points out some of the horrific things the Qur’an says, or draws an image of Muhammad, they cower back and say next to nothing in defense of free speech.
That’s my biggest problem with the “moderates.” They’re quick to reject Muslims who are violent, but also quick to condemn anyone who has good reason to criticize Islam itself.
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