Islam and Minnesota: Can we hear some straight talk for a change?

Don’t miss Scott’s article in tomorrow’s Minneapolis Star Tribune, titled (by the Strib) “Islam and Minnesota: Can we hear some straight talk for a change?” It’s a great piece:

On what seems like a daily basis, Minnesotans are lectured against the evils of “Islamophobia.” In October, Gov. Mark Dayton weirdly instructed “white, B-plus, Minnesota-born citizens” to suppress their qualms about immigrant resettlement in Minnesota, according to the St. Cloud Times. If they can’t, they should “find another state,” he added.

Andrew Luger, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, took to the pages of the Star Tribune (“Minnesota must meet Islamophobia head-on,” Nov. 3) to inveigh against “the current wave of Islamophobia” and has stayed on the attack. A group of local leaders and Muslim leaders recently gathered in a Minneapolis mosque to decry “Islamophobia” following recent terrorist attacks.

Even Hillary Clinton piled on during her recent visit to the University of Minnesota to unveil her program to bolster homeland security; she decried “anti-Muslim rhetoric.”

But how about those “Minnesota men” who keep getting arrested for trying to join jihadist organizations or commit terrorist acts? They must be studiously ignored.

Tomorrow’s Strib article should be read in conjunction with Scott’s post here, “Minnesota Men,” Airport Edition. Is it irrational to be concerned about an Islamic radical who expresses a desire to blow up airplanes and gets a job handling baggage at a major international airport? I don’t think so. But here in Minnesota, our public officials–this doesn’t include the FBI–are in a state of denial.


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