Ha. Well, Eboo Patel’s shortish texts in the online edition of the Washington Post are never very strong, even though his ideas are mostly on point, in a screaming teenager sort of way. Even in today’s text, the basic point is good. The way he’s expressed it, not so much. However, this part of it is funny and memorable. Enjoy:
The main issue for Rudy is how to exploit the current fear of Muslims into a winning presidential campaign. Pat Robertson will offer his insights on that issue alongside America’s most prominent Islamophobes, including Norman Podhoretz, Peter King and Daniel Pipes. Here is a taste of what these four Giuliani advisers have said before about Islam and Muslims:
Norman Podhoretz told the New York Times Magazine’s Matt Bai that Al Qaeda was a reasonably clear window into mainstream Islam. Peter King once said that Muslims are “an enemy living amongst us.” Daniel Pipes has advanced multiple crackpot theories about Muslims and violence, including “sudden jihad syndrome”, by which the Muslim mom sitting next to you at the PTA meeting suddenly whips out a gun and takes out the whole room.
Robertson’s unabashed claim that Islam is “satanic” and “motivated by a demonic power” fits right in.