Video of the AC 360 Sharia discussion and commentary from Washington Post

An interesting commentary on the debate from Adam Serwer at “The Plum Line“, a Washington Post blog:

Frank Gaffney is part of a group of conservatives who have been trying to mainstream the conspiracy theory that the United States is on the verge of a stealth Islamist takeover, a group that has recruited at least one high-profile convert in former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. A couple of days ago he appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show on CNN across from Former Pakistani Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Akbar Ahmed, who matter-of-factly explained that an Islamic takeover of the United States was a numerical impossibility. The Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman once described these theories as “nonsense.”


While Akbar Ahmed may have made Gaffney look paranoid and foolish on CNN, the frustrating reality is that more and more conservatives are finding his particular brand of paranoid Islamophobia persuasive.


One response to “Video of the AC 360 Sharia discussion and commentary from Washington Post

  1. Voice of Reason

    Very well handled by the professor. It is statistically impossible for Sharia to be imposed in America. I actually would like to see a statistic of how many American Muslim women support Sharia law.

    I do have issue with Mr. Sewer equating the people against the Ground Zero Mosque with Mr. Gaffney. Once again the majority of those opposing the Ground Zero Mosque have no problem with Mosques going up elsewhere. Case in point, a five story Mosque that just opened in lower Manhattan with little to no problems. Once again it is the LOCATION, which is something that is being ignored in the conversation.

    I think that a lot of the backlash over other Mosques being built is because of a perceived insensitivity on the part of Muslims when it comes to the Ground Zero Mosque.

    Ed Koch summed up the problem really well in this article on American/Muslim relations.

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