The crucial distinctions, therefore, may be not between “moderates” and “radicals” but between those who are radical and those who are less so – since they all use the same source, the Koran. Because so many people are in positions of authority – many with aggressive political agendas – and with the possibility of moving easily from moderate to radical positions, it’s lethal chaos.
These questions need to be clarified.
Americans are tolerant, open and respectful, but they aren’t stupid. That’s why they keep asking.
Moshe Dann is a writer and journalist living in Jerusalem. He taught American history at CUNY.