-- The Graduate's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Braddock, wondering why their son Ben won't come up for air.
On Jihad Watch the other day, a contributing writer, Michael Devolin, wrote:
The fact that a sophist like Tarek Fatah is now embedded in Canada’s media and presented as an opponent of Islamic extremism, when in fact his primary concern is the portrayal of Islam the religion as a benign ideology – the very ideology that spawns anti-Jewish extremists – is an example of Islamic imperialism.
Tarek Fatah is one of those whom I call "Better Cops" because so many in the CJM (Counter-Jihad Mainstream) -- including many civilians -- reflexively and unthinkingly assume he's really a "reformer" just because the sweet taqiyya he whispers in their ears is cleverly self-critical of Islam enough to relax their vigilance.
Devolin's statement, appearing in that bastion of the CJM (Jihad Watch), thus is a healthy baby step. Will it be followed by a similarly apposite suspicion of all other Better Cops -- Zuhdi Jasser, Maajid Nawaz, Irshad Manji, Asra Nomani, Naser Khader, Tawfik Hamed (and many others)...?
And then will the process of graduating from the Learning Curve be accomplished, summa cum laude, cap & gown and all, by the epiphany that no amount of information about a Muslim "reformer" could ever possibly vet them -- that, in fact, the very fact that they are Muslims damns them axiomatically?
Time to come up for air.