February 23, 2004

Encouraging Muslim Moderates

Jeff Jacoby recognizes a couple of brave Muslim moderates who have repudiated terrorism and deserve support and encouragement.

UPDATE 2/24: TCS carries an article by Stephen Schwartz relating how Cleveland's largest mosque sought to remove its Imam because of his extremist positions and his ties to terrorist organizations. Schwartz says that the fear and intimidation tactics of the Wahhabists have been effective to this point, but the tide may be turning:

they are naturally concerned that if they openly oppose extremist influence, their relatives in their countries of origin, as well as their families right here, will suffer threats and worse, since it is not unheard of for dissident Muslims in America be killed.

But the two-and-a-half years since September 11th have begun to wear down the habits of submission and conformity that have been drilled into American Muslims. An understandable fear of government sanctions and a simple weariness with having the jihadist ideology on their backs has finally induced some Muslims to step forward.

(via Instapundit)

Posted by dan at February 23, 2004 11:28 PM