Musings —04.25.2013 09:54 AM—
And that wonderful quote corresponds exactly with my long-running view about religions (or any human institution, frankly): there are idiots in every organization. The Muslims have them, but so do Christians, Jews, you name it. There is no monopoly on virtue, just as extremism is no exclusive club.
That doesn’t in any way exclude the criminal acts of idiots, of course. Investigate and prosecute, to the fullest extent possible under law. But don’t – as white supremacists and/or bigots like Kathy Shaidle, Arnie Lemaire and Kate McMillan and their ilk regularly do – suggest that Muslims alone are evil.
Every group has its fair share of evil people. And idiots, too.