I am long time fan of Christiane Amanpour, and I often felt that she provided a level of journalistic objectivity that is sorely missing in the field today. I've found myself watching "This Week" more often now that she is hosting the program, so I was thrilled to see that she hosted a town hall on Islam in America. The show itself was both interesting and, in places, infuriating. Yet, it's better to see an actual attempt at a discussion on this subject than not.
I strongly encourage readers of this blog to check out the rest of the program here. The one thing that I found particularly interesting about those arguing that we should fear Islam is that when they were in the presence of "moderate" Muslims, they all but accused them of not being moderate. Isn't it silly then to call for moderates to step up to the plate when you've already convinced yourself that there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim? And one key point that I will concede is that it is true that some Muslims do advocate violence when they feel offended, in ways that no other major faith does. That needs to cease altogether, and I don't know if it's doctrine or a lack of maturity, but in a free society like the United States, a violent response to criticism or even mocking of faith is simply not acceptable.