Wednesday, September 8, 2010

You Want A Piece Of My Paradigm?

In opposing the lower Manhattan community center and mosque, Newt Gingrich compared Muslims to Nazis. Faisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind Cordoba House, has finally fired back, positioning himself as a besieged, bridge-building centrist caught between radicals "on both sides." That would be anti-American Muslim extremists and, I guess, Newt Gingrich:

The wonderful outpouring of support for our right to build this community center from across the social, religious and political spectrum seriously undermines the ability of anti-American radicals to recruit young, impressionable Muslims by falsely claiming that America persecutes Muslims for their faith. These efforts by radicals at distortion endanger our national security and the personal security of Americans worldwide. This is why Americans must not back away from completion of this project. If we do, we cede the discourse and, essentially, our future to radicals on both sides. The paradigm of a clash between the West and the Muslim world will continue, as it has in recent decades at terrible cost. It is a paradigm we must shift.

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