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A Place for Religion

posted on December 4, 2012

At The New York Times, Roger Cohen writes about the contrasting relationship between government and religion in the Middle East and in the United States. “It is striking that it is precisely America’s evangelical right that is most ready … to equate a veiled woman with Islamic fanaticism, to see the threat of Shariah law everywhere, and to dismiss the Arab Spring as no more than the onset of chaos in which jihadist extremists will thrive,” Cohen writes. “Even as they pull God into a more prominent role in U.S. political life … they deplore a political Islam they seem determined to caricature as a monolithic enemy. God, it seems, may be a legitimate authority in the Bible Belt, but not in Babylon.”

Read at The New York Times