Going to Pat Ourselves on the Backs Just Once

Many Americans have suggested that more moderate Muslims should stand up to extremists, speak out for tolerance, and apologize for sins committed by their brethren.

That’s reasonable advice, and as a moderate myself, I’m going to take it. (Throat clearing.) I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you. The venom on the airwaves, equating Muslims with terrorists, should embarrass us more than you. Muslims are one of the last minorities in the United States that it is still possible to demean openly, and I apologize for the slurs. Nicholas Kristof

Truth in writing. We’ve been doing it and we’ll keep doing it, not just for Muslim Americans, but standing up to all the mouth-foaming bigots and liars.

Moderates don’t have to be people who are middle of the road on social issues. (Disclaimer: I am not.) Moderates are people who can disagree without vitriolic, hate-filled email chains, trying to knife Middle Eastern-looking people (there were two separate cases of that this summer – awesome), or lumping personal attacks onto an entire group of people. Moderates can accept conditions when they don’t get their way, providing constitutional law is upheld. So let’s tone it down yeah?

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