By Joel Brinkley
Scores of states are meeting at the United Nations for a hatefest that promises to be so odious that a dozen Western countries, including the United States, have already announced that they will not attend
It's called Durban III, the third iteration of a conference first held in
So now the same crew is planning another of these encounters. It promises to be little different -- except for one thing. This time a major agenda item promises to be angry screeds against Islamophobia.
Think about it. Isn't it a bit ironic, at best, that the Islamic states will bewail the inequities they perceive just a few days after the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a few miles from the site where the
Is it any wonder that many people look askance at Islam -- and paint their disdain with a broad brush?
Western nations, of course, suffer abhorrent violent acts of their own. In
Well, I would argue that an Islamic Reformation is already under way, even though no one is calling it that. Those hundreds of thousands of young demonstrators -- in
A sterling illustration of this principle is the nearly 3 million Muslims who live in
Listen to some of them talk, in books, interviews and op-ed columns, in recent months.
Moderate Islam "must not be passive,"
"What takes place among Muslims affects countless lives outside the fold," wrote
Those attitudes are not unique to American Muslims. Another Pew study found that the vast majority of Arabs polled opposed Islamic extremism. Among Palestinians, for example, 78 percent said they were concerned about it.
American Muslims are not taking part in Durban III. For Pakistanis and others there to bleat about Islamophobia, the rest of us should simply shake our heads and realize that it's a lame attempt to render themselves immune from criticism of their extremists' venomous behavior.
The Protestant reformation 500 years ago brought on more than a century of repression and war before settling out. Let's hope this one moves faster.
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