Unasked questions in syrupy series on Islam

Are many Muslims devoted to a doctrine called jihad, which commands violence against infidels, and another doctrine called sharia, which forbids obedience to the U.S. constitution or any other civil government?

Do many Muslims interpret the Koran to require brutal abuse of women, gays, Jews, and Christians?

Have a number of Muslim charities and mosques in this country been unmasked as fronts for radicalism?

Did a Muslim man from Aurora, Colorado, named Najibullah Zazi, plead guilty in 2010 to a terror bombing plot against the New York subway system?

The answer to all four questions is Yes. But you would never know it from reading the three–part Denver Post series on Muslims in Colorado since 9/11, Aug. 19–21.

Relevant as these matters might seem to be for a serious exploration of his subject, reporter Eric Gorski confronts none of them. Instead, throughout his lengthy front–page articles, Gorski repeatedly implies that even asking such questions betrays ignorance, intolerance, bigotry, and xenophobia. As a result, the series reads more like puffery than journalism.

It would be interesting to know what “assistance” the Denver Post received on this project from CAIR, the Hamas–linked Muslim Brotherhood propaganda group that was designated an unindicted co–conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial in federal court.

Regardless, no matter if the series was CAIR–orchestrated or merely a self–deluded exercise in political correctness, it ill serves the public interest. Coloradans concerned about homeland security, the rule of law, social cohesion, and the trustworthiness of their neighbors deserve “the rest of the story” on the Muslims among us.

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