THE LEADING EDGE

Peace-Seeking Muslims

I have a personal history with the Turkish writer Mustafa Akyol and his quest for a Muslim case for liberty, which seems worth relating here. The story begins with the devastating terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. After that enormity, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush made statements, evidently for the purpose of calming angry Americans, that Islam is a religion of peace, which in no way condones terrorism. The implication was that the terrorists were merely deranged individuals, and the fact that they were Muslims merely coincidence.

I thought that those statements, however well-intentioned, were at best half-truths, and I published . . .

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Phillip E. Johnson is Professor of Law (emeritus) at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Darwin on Trial, The Wedge of Truth, The Right Questions (InterVarsity Press), and other books challenging the naturalistic assumptions that dominate modern culture. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone.

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