From the March/April, 2012 issue of Touchstone
Peace-Seeking Muslims by Phillip E. Johnson

THE LEADING EDGE

Peace-Seeking Muslims

I have a personal history with the Turkish writer Mustafa Akyol and his quest for a Muslim case for liberty, which seems worth relating here. The story begins with the devastating terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. After that enormity, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush made statements, evidently for the purpose of calming angry Americans, that Islam is a religion of peace, which in no way condones terrorism. The implication was that the terrorists were merely deranged individuals, and the fact that they were Muslims merely coinciden . . .


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