The best ally in the struggle against violent Islamism is moderate Islam.
I HAVE A SIMPLE QUESTION FOR THE GENIUS REPORTER AND MORAL PARAGON LAWRENCE WRIGHT:
WAS MUHAMMAD A MODERATE MUSLIM OR AN ISLAMIST/ RADICAL MUSLIM?
REPEAT: WAS MUHAMMAD A MODERATE MUSLIM OR AN ISLAMIST/ RADICAL MUSLIM?
There is only one correct answer to this question.
And how people answer it tells you all you have to know about them.
If they say Muhammed was a moderate they are either lying or ignorant of history.
Muhammed was a radical.
Since Muhammad is Islam's prophet - (and since emulating him is considered the highest attainment a Muslim can achieve) - arguing that the so-called "radicals who are perverting a great religion" and are therefore apostate is ABSOF*CKINGLUTELY WRONG.
THEREFORE: Since he is no more radical than Muhhamed, Bin Laden icannot be an apostate.
What is apostate is "moderate Islam" for moderate Islam goes against the teachings and life of Muhammed.
Furthermore, if you argue Bin Laden is a radical and islamism a perverted departure from "true islam" - as Wright and Kristof and Obama do - then you are tacitly arguing that Muhammad was a pervert, too.
And if Muhammad was a perverter of Islam - an apostate, then Islam - which Mushammed founded/invented - cannot be a great religion, but only a fraudulent and morally bankrupt and misogynistic and militaristic ideology.
I think calling Islam what it is - a fraudulent and morally bankrupt and misogynistic and militaristic ideology - is closer to recent headlines and Islam's history for the last 1400 years than Mr. Wright's wishful BULLSH*T.
AND ANOTHER THING WRIGHT GETS WRONG: IMAM RAUF IS NO MODERATE AND NOT AN ILL-INFORMED DUPE. He is a cunning liar and a thief and man who knows all about Mohamed.