The silliest man in America
So, wanting to perform a brief reality check, I did a Google search for “Islam” at site:dennisprager.com, and came upon an August 2011 column by him entitled, “Can Islam Be Reformed”? In the first half of the article, he realistically catalogues many of the long-standing horrors of Islam, showing that Islam unquestionably needs to be reformed. Then he asks, Can Islam be reformed? And here’s how he gets to the bottom of the issue. He cites the opinions of a handful of “moderate” Muslims in the U.S. who argue for a reformed Islam, chiefly the supremely ridiculous Zuhdi Jasser, and on that basis Prager concludes that, yes, Islam can be reformed.
It is precisely this quality of Prager’s that has led to my disenchantment with him. His consistent half seriousness does more damage than outright liberalism, because it mistakenly gives people the impression that he is a conservative, when he clearly isn’t. His advocacy of the “American Trinity” is at first glance, a good idea. On further reflection though, it presumes that all people everywhere are the same. Which is of course an insane bedrock liberal idea, making Prager a stealth liberal.Robert B. writes:
While reading today’s musings, my wife and I just had to laugh at your analysis of Rice and in particular Prager. We both just laughed at the same time. Prager is a buffoon. Keep up the good work.Peter F. writes:
I was once a devoted listener to Dennis Prager’s radio show and bought one of his books, but, like you, eventually saw the light concerning his worldview. Prager has some traditional values and seems to be a nice enough man, but his feet are made of clay. The tipping point for me came when he refused to discuss anything having to do with Obama’s murky origins or the many lies Obama and his supporters told to get him into the Oval Office. Another tip-off was his refusal to speak honestly about the dangers Islam presents to Western civilization. Dennis is one of those “liberal-conservatives” who uses the unprincipled exception all the time. You can set your watch by him; anytime Prager speaks on Islam or Muslims, he gives the obligatory, “Not all Muslims are bad people, etc.” I still like Prager as a human being, but no longer respect or trust him the way I did five or six years ago.LA replies:
I linked VFR entries that mention him. My first experience of him was at the screening of the movie about Islam made by Frank Gaffney and others several years ago. He is the unnamed “moderate Muslim” I speak of in that entry.
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