Harsh facts about Islam

George Washington is a larger-than-life cultural icon who looms large in the American psyche — part truth, part myth. But the historical Washington is sometimes incongruous with our burnished image of the man. As our culture has matured, we have faced some of those challenging truths, like the fact that Washington — spiritual father of a nation built upon freedom — owned slaves. But accept it we must, for this is a historic fact.

There exists another cultural icon whose image seems impervious to the historical record, at least to many of his followers and an indulgent entourage of observers in the West. I refer, of course, to Muhammad, warrior-prophet of Islam and history’s greatest leader of the Arab people…