The U.S. should respond strongly and sternly to the unprovoked attacks on our consulate in Benghazi and the embassy in Cairo and to the deaths of our ambassador to Libya and several of his aides. But we must also react smartly and not succumb to the rage of the moment into thinking that Sam Bacile, the amateur filmmaker whose anti-Mohammad video was initially blamed for these assaults, is right when he says, “Islam is a cancer.”Well Mr. Boot, if that's what you think, why don't you offer your audience some of the passages from inside the Koran, which I notice don't seem to have any presence in your post? What about Sura 8:12, and even the false prophet's marriage to a 6-year-old girl? Boot must really think that's fully acceptable behavior.
Not only is that hate speech, it is also wrong on its face because it assumes that the kind of people who carried out these outrages are typical Muslims—that somehow Islam by its very nature drives its adherents to intolerance and violence. That is not the case—Islam, like other religions, is complex and multifaceted. It has meant many things to many people over the ages. Most of its followers, like the followers of other religions, are peaceful and law-abiding and not interested in attacking anyone. The radicals are hardly representative of the mainstream, but even small numbers of extremists can sully the image of an entire country or religion by skillful attacks and manipulation of the news media.
Fortunately, the readers replying in the comments aren't fooled by his shameful apologia. But will he ever apologize, and that includes to any apostates who rightfully shun the religion? Probably not.