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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thomas Friedman, "Look in Your Mirror": How About Taking Off the Rose-Colored Glasses, Tom

In his latest New York Times op-ed, "Look in Your Mirror" (, Thomas Friedman observes Muslim expressions of hatred toward other faiths and concludes:

"As a Jew who has lived and worked in the Muslim world, I know that these expressions of intolerance are only one side of the story and that there are deeply tolerant views and strains of Islam espoused and practiced there as well. Theirs are complex societies.

That’s the point. America is a complex society, too. But let’s cut the nonsense that this is just our problem and the only issue is how we clean up our act. That Cairo protester is right: We should respect the faiths and prophets of others. But that runs both ways. Our president and major newspapers consistently condemn hate speech against other religions. How about yours?"

I wouldn't be expecting too much, Tom. Again, have a look at the results of a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in December 2010 (

"At least three-quarters of Muslims in Egypt . . . say they would favor making each of the following the law in their countries: stoning people who commit adultery [82%], whippings and cutting off of hands for crimes like theft and robbery [77%] and the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion [84%]."

According to this report, 95% of Egyptian Muslims also believe it is "good" that Islam plays a large role in politics.

Friedman is seeking tolerance from these people? Sorry for being politically incorrect, but Tom may just have to wait another century or two.

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