Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Recommended Reading

With all the "monument to terror"/"victory flag for Osama" stuff in reference to Park51 (including Newt Gingrich calling its planners "radical Islamists" yesterday -- we get it, Newt, you really want to be president), one thing that's been lost in all of  bloviating is that Muslims aren't, in fact, monolithic.  Shocking, I know.  To the point at hand, the Sufi Islam practiced by Park51's Imam Feisal Abdul Rehman is about as far removed from the "radical" Wahhabi message of Bin Laden, et al, as it's possible to be, rendering the criticisms from Mr. Gingrich and his ilk even more toothless and tone deaf.  Now, given the overheated discussion the center has engendered in the public sphere so far, it may be too late for an education, but this Times piece elucidates the distinctions, and also explains why they're pretty darn important for us to understand.

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