Torture, Islam and American Citizenship

Apr 26

Given my criticisms of US policy in the Middle East, the “War on Terror,” and its “lawfare” against US Muslims, one might reasonably question why I should remain a US citizen at all?  Indeed, I have sometimes asked myself “At what point would the limit be crossed?”  I guess the plain reason why I have never seriously contemplated renouncing US citizenship, and doubt that I ever would, is my deep conviction that substantial groups within US society share my deep opposition to these policies as well, and that the future belongs to us, not to those status quo forces that perpetuate atrocities in the name of the American people.  This otherwise disturbing article in Slate, which details the extent of the torture and international law-breaking practiced by the United States during the Bush Administration, crimes which the Obama administration foolishly chose to inter rather than investigate as the crimes that they were, strangely confirms my long-term view of the United States.  I hope my fellow American Muslim citizens, particularly the post-9/11 generation, understand that they have allies in the US; they should not think that all Americans are anti-Muslim paranoids; and that it is possible to work together with those Americans to bring a halt to these abuses, and the further entrenchment of the “creeping” surveillance and torture state.

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Ross Douthat Appeals to Liberals and Secularists to be Fair to Conservative Christians

Aug 29

In Douthat’s column today in the New York Times, Douthat implores liberals and secularists not to think the worst of Christian Conservatives, and to resist the temptation to assume that candidates like Bachmann and Perry accept the positions of the most extreme views within conservative Christianity.  That is no doubt a fair position.  Of course, conservatives have applied precisely that “six-degree of separation” principle Douthat rightly condemns when liberals criticize conservative Christians to Muslims.  I wonder if we can expect Douthat to implore his conservative brethren to adopt the same liberal spirit toward Muslims.

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