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Islamophobia and the justification of violence

By Abraham H. Miller, Originally published in the Washington Times

Only in the rarified atmosphere of academia can the American flag be seen as a symbol of hate, and killing people for their opinions can be justified as the natural outgrowth of Islamophobia.

Find a stain on the human condition and ultimately some “scholar” will find America responsible for it. But ask whether the proliferation of Islamist-based violence has anything to do with the culture and traditions of Islam, and you will be quickly labeled an Islamophobe.

So, it was not surprising that when the University of California, Berkeley, College of Law held a panel discussion, on February 4, 2015, about the murders at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and at a kosher supermarket, two of the Muslim panelists delved into their grab bag of excuses. They sought to find explanation, if not justification, for the taking the lives of people who offended Islam.

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