Thursday, May 05, 2011

Recommended Reading

With the Bin Laden story already having morphed from general euphoria to standard politicking, it's worth taking a moment to remember that, in addition to the many lives that were lost as a direct or indirect result of his actions, Bin Laden also helped birth a rising tide of Islamophobia in this country that's still quite prevalent in some quarters -- as was made depressingly clear just a few days ago. Thus, while it's an old saw at this point, it's important to reiterate that Bin Laden was no religious authority, and whatever view of Islam he believed in, it's a radical interpretation that bears no resemblance to the religion practiced peacefully by millions of Muslims all over the world. CNN's Eric Marrapodi goes into greater detail about  how Bin Laden's particular theology emerged -- and how best to combat it.

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