Ten Things to Think When Thinking of Muslim “Moderates”

Note from Robert Spencer: The “moderate” Muslim never dies, and I thought that this 2004 Hugh Fitzgerald discussion of the “moderate Muslim” bears re-posting now. There are some references clearly reflecting the year of composition, but not a word has been changed, for it has stood, we think, the test of time — certainly compared to any comment by Tom Friedman or Nicholas Kristof, all of whose jejune columns are undone by reality about a week after they are published.

Well worth your time.

  • Alain

    Yes, it remains just as applicable today as when it was written. This is exactly why I am not keen on accepting even those calling themselves Christians from the Middle East as refugees without much in dept vetting. His example of Turkey is spot on in showing how like a deadly virus Islam may lie dormant only to be brought back to life to wreck havoc and death. The same with children born to “moderate” Muslims in the West, the same parents who fled an Islamic theocracy, decide to go devout Muslim, jihad and all.

  • Excellent article. Thanks, BCF, for drawing attention to it.