Robert Spencer today at Jihad Watch put up a round-table he and three others (the glaringly asymptotic Andrew McCarthy, as well as Bosch Fastwin and Baroness Cox) had about the issue of the "moderate Muslim".
For all their intelligence, these Four Muzzketeers could have spared themselves much time and oxygen (and intelligent, albeit unintentional, obfuscation -- particularly from the sincerely confused Andrew McCarthy) by simply stating what one lone commenter wrote in the comments section:
Sorry, but I don’t accept that this widely-assumed-to-exist sub-category of supposedly non-problematic Muslims exists at all, regardless of what labels we use. Even the most genuinely nominal, congenial, peaceful, cooperative Muslims out there are still, in some small way, contributing to the problem that we face simply by identifying themselves as Muslim at all. Their chosen self-identity alone contributes to the momentum of the Sharia agenda on a broader level.
Think about it this way: If you knew that the ideology that you were identifying yourself with taught all these horrible and destructive things, and you genuinely felt that they were horrible and destructive, and you could see that there were many people all over the world that shared your ideological label carrying out these horrible and destructive instructions every hour of every day, causing misery everywhere, why on Earth would you continue to identify yourself with the ideology at all? Would we not have considered a “nominal” Nazi, or a “nominal” State Shintoist during World War 2 to be problematic no matter how genuinely casual they might have been about it?
The commenter's pseudonym de plume is "out of context (TM)" -- and frankly, he should be getting paid more than Spencer or McCarthy.
For I doubt that Spencer would agree with this commenter on the precisely, exquisitely crucial comparison of the nominal Muslim with the nominal Nazi. Indeed, Spencer effectively rejected that comparison some five years ago on his blog, in a discussion he had with readers who took sincere issue with his eely gingerliness on avoiding frank condemnation of Islam and Muslims.
Spencer is supposed to be better than McCarthy; but at the end of the day, for our intellectually articulated position in the (still inchoate) Anti-Islam Movement, we may have to rely on the simpler, blunter civilians among us who can translate the mountain of data about Islam and Muslims -- data which Spencer is otherwise so good at organizing and reporting -- into a no-nonsense platform he (and other quasi-leaders) seems incapable of, or unwilling to endorse.