I had been scheduled to debate Sulma Khalid, a Muslim attorney, tonight at American University in Washington, DC, on the topic, "The Qur'an teaches warfare against and subjugation of unbelievers." I was going to argue in the affirmative, of course, and Khalid in the negative.
Yesterday afternoon at 4:22PM, however, I got this email from Sulma Khalid saying: "In light of the explosions that occurred in Boston a few moments ago, Washington DC and the University are in a heightened state of security and have decided to postpone the event due to it's [sic] controversial nature."
No new date was offered, although one might be in the future.
Now here is the salient question: why would a debate in Washington about the Qur'an have to be postponed because of terror bombings in Boston? After all, the mainstream media and the President of the United States have been hastening to ascribe the bombings to "right-wingers." Were Sulma Khalid and American University concerned that it might be an Islamic jihad attack that would make the answer to the question to be discussed in the debate rather glaringly obvious?