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Islamic Apologist: Stop Saying 'Moderate Muslims'
by Mark Tapson
Since at least the 9/11 attacks, we have been reassured constantly that Islam means peace, that violent jihad is being waged by a tiny minority of extremists, and that most Muslims are moderate. But on a Heritage Foundation panel recently, terrorism expert Brigitte Gabriel correctly dismissed that "peaceful majority" of Muslims as "irrelevant" to the equation. And now at least one prominent apologist for Islamic terrorism wants to do away with the term "moderate" altogether.
On a special episode of Hannity a week ago called "Radical Muslims on the March," host Sean Hannity skeptically asked self-described moderate Muslim Michael Ghouse of the America Together Foundation if the voices of the Islamic community are loud enough to counter "the radicals hijacking your religion."
"They're not loud enough," conceded Ghouse. "We need to gather momentum." Nearly thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks on our own soil, the moderates who are supposedly the vast majority of the Islamic community are still struggling to gather momentum and make their voices heard? Later in the show Ghouse, whose organization seems more focused on combating the stereotyping of Muslims as radicals than combating the radicals themselves, proved why moderate Muslims like him are ineffectual allies against jihad. In a heated confrontation with FrontPage's own editor-in-chief Jamie Glazov, Ghouse tried to deflect responsibility for Islamic terrorism away from the religion itself when he shouted that "Islam is not dangerous, it is the bad people that are dangerous." Bad people – as if the ideology driving jihad is simply "badness."
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