John V. Fleming, a professor of English at Princeton and columnist for the Daily Princetonian, speaks truth to power and kindly mentions an essay collection I published last year in the process:
Earlier this month, following widespread reporting of crowds howling in the street as embassies burned and corpses littered the ground, two guest columnists published an essay here complaining of a media-perpetrated anti-Muslim “stereotype” of unreason and violence. “Islam is a religion with a long tradition of tolerance and coexistence with other religions,” they concluded, “and the Muslim community asks only for basic tolerance and respect.”
That we should tolerate the tolerable and respect the respectable seems an unexceptionable if modest aspiration of civil society. The Myth of Islamic Tolerance itself, however, is unlikely long to survive the perusal of a recent book of that title (Prometheus, 2005, 593 pages) or, for that matter, the wider familiarity with the Koran and Hadith among non-Muslims. These columnists complain, with regard to the Danish cartoons, of “the double standard by which slurs against Islam are permitted in the West while attacks on other faiths are not.”
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