Over at the Washington Times Daniel Pipes opines that he found Pastor Terry Jonesâ€™ plan to ban the Qurâ€™an â€śdistastefulâ€?. But actual the object of his attack is the Obama administration, who Pipes claims capitulated to the threat of â€śMuslim violenceâ€? when they persuaded Jones to call off his book-burning stunt. Pipes explains: â€śThat violence stems from Islamic law, Shariah, which insists that Islam, and the Koran in particular, enjoy a privileged status. Islam ferociously punishes anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim, who trespasses against Islamâ€™s sanctity.ď»żâ€?
Pipes concludes with the following charge against the Obama administration: â€śIts pressure on Mr. Jones further eroded freedom of speech about Islam and implicitly established Islamâ€™s privileged status in the United States, whereby Muslims may insult others but not be insulted. This moves the country toward dhimmitude, a condition whereby non-Muslims acknowledge the superiority of Islam. Finally, Mr. Obama, in effect, enforced Islamic law, a precedent that could lead to other forms of compulsory Shariah compliance.â€?
Pipes has found himself rather sidelined recently by more newsworthy Islamophobes like Pamela Geller or Newt Gingrich. Maybe this is Pipesâ€™ attempt to show he is still a major player when it comes to whipping up hysteria against the US Muslim community.