Monday, November 27, 2006

Islamic Republic of America: Part 8

To call John Esposito a whore would be doing a grave disservice to the world’s oldest profession. At least whores are honest, more or less, about the nature of their business and whose side they’re on. Esposito doesn’t even begin to rise to that level.

So, who the heck is John Esposito?

He is an author and Georgetown University professor of Religion and International Affairs and director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding there. (We’ll have more to say about all that at a later date.) He’s also the man Campus Watch calls the leading “apologist” for radical Islam. The fact that the Saudi-Wahhabi Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) pays to have Esposito’s books placed in “thousands of libraries across America” ought to tell us something.

So, now it’s big news when this “expert” pops off on the pope’s trip to Turkey. Pope Benedict XVI, you’ll remember, set off riots around the world by Islamniacs who were told the pontiff had insulted Islam, when all he had done was quote some medieval figure as representative of the other side in a religious debate. Forget little subtleties like whether the charge is even true or not. Draw your steel: Infidels have just shown some bare neck.

“Have Muslims overreacted to the pope’s statement?” Esposito asks in an article in Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Then, incredibly he answers his own question: “Their responses need to be understood in the context of our post-9/11 world, with its greater polarization and alarming increases in Islamophobia. Many Muslims feel under siege.”

Oh, stop. You're killing me. My heart fain would break in twain.

Esposito goes on, in his predictably elitist fashion, to suggest that what is needed is more “dialogue.” To which we say dialogue, yes—if “get your knife off my children’s throats” qualifies as dialogue. And, dialogue, yes, if by that you mean encouraging the emergence of moderate Islamic leadership such as the Center for Islamic Pluralism, which rejects violence and truly seeks interfaith peace.

But absolutely no, if “dialogue” is just a code word for whoring for radicalism—like John Esposito does.

More to come…


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