Call it the collision of two choirs. One lobs paranoid epithets from a grim cloister and hogs the microphone; the other - in which I recently bathed in a week-long conference featuring evangelical academics, scientists, and ecological activists at Gordon College in Massachusetts - sings with gentle conviction and grace. It's soothing.
Today the House Committee on Homeland Security is considering the Countering Violent Extremism Act of 2015, recently introduced by Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Tex). Muslim Advocates, along with almost 50 other community, religious, and civil rights organizations have serious concern with the bill.
Liberation movements want a place at the table. The Islamic State, on the other hand, wants to destroy the table. The Islamic State isn't simply an insurgency. Though it certainly aspires to overthrow the current regimes in Damascus and Baghdad, it doesn't have any particular attachment to this territory. It maintains a warm spot for the holy sites in Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, it doesn't care about national boundaries.
When Fox News says that Geller is "not standing down to radical Islam," they also mean that Geller and others aren't aware that the biggest arms dealer to Middle Eastern nations is the United States. Sadly, the right-wing blogosphere never correlates these geopolitical realities to their dire warnings about Islam.