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Juan Cole has a critique in Salon of the anti-Islamic rhetoric of the GOP candidates. As he notes, President Bush effectively turned American Muslims into Democrats. How much difference it will make beating up on “Islamofascism” and its cognates is not yet clear. But given that Americans remain honor-bound to respect Islam as a legitimate religion, there’s a limit on how much of a rallying cry, a la anti-Communism, it can be–at least in my view.

  • Asinus Gravis

    I must confess to being guilty of arguing, in a letter to the editor of my local paper, that to the extent that it makes sense to speak of Islamofascism it makes just as much sense to speak of Christofascism (when talking of the Religious Right). Their goals are virtually indistinguishable, but their methods are (currently) different.