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Is It Still Possible to Question Islam?
Is it "Islamophobic" to question whether or not the standard picture of Muhammad as depicted in Muslim texts is historically accurate?
Certainly many people think so, notably the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The OIC is a fifty-six nation body (plus the Palestinian Authority) that, since the demise of the Soviet Union, comprises the largest voting bloc at the United Nations. It has been working for years to compel the UN to criminalize "Islamophobia." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a closed-door meeting with the OIC in December 2011, apparently to facilitate just that and figure out ways to circumvent the First Amendment's protection of the freedom of speech.
Journalist Claire Berlinski notes that "the neologism 'Islamophobia' did not simply emerge ex nihilo":
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