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March 01, 2008

Totten on moderate muslims

This is a short piece compared to Michael's usual dispatches, but his point is well taken.

...Journalists tend to ignore moderate Muslims, not because of liberal bias or racism, but because sensationalism sells. At least they think thatís what sells.

And reporters often assume extremists are mainstream and ďauthenticĒ when they are not. Somehow, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been designated the voice of American Muslims. But CAIR is, frankly, an Islamic wingnut organization with a minuscule membership that has declined 90 percent since September 11, 2001. (More people read my medium-sized blog every day than are members of CAIR.)

The coalition of Islamist parties in Pakistan got three percent of the vote in the recent election. Pakistanís radicals have made a real mess of the place, but they canít get any more traction at the polls than Ralph Nader can manage in the United States...


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