In the previous post I wrote that reason is the basis on which to deal with the complaints of the limited government movement, and that psychologizing the movement is a diversion from the legitimacy of their message. Reason has practically been removed from the political realm, but reason is the very faculty that individuals must rely on to survive, and nations must rely on reason if they're to survive.
The American observers who before 9/11 never thought much about Islam and adopted a basic live and let live position, except the most religiously sensitive who pay attention to such religious differences, now witness the irrational hate coming from countries like Iran, and individuals such as Cat Stevens, now known as Yusaf Islam, and they reasonably conclude something has gone wrong with a large part of the Islam faith.
I don't know of anyone who thinks all Muslims are terrorists, but I know quite a few who have observed that many of the Islamic faith have a very negative atttude toward Americans, and that many are irrational in their hatred of so many who don't hate them, or have never done anything to harm them. They are especially disconcerted when someone like Stevens calls for the murder of a writer like Rushdie.
It's the irrational hatred that bothers a lot of Americans who don't psychologize the hatred or attempt to understand it according to historicism. Many people expect others to be reasonable -- it's the lack of demand for reason and the defense of irrationality that cause most of our problems. Anyone can find justications for their irrational beliefs and hatreds, but reasonable people expect and demand good reasons. There is no good reason for Stevens to wish that Rushdie be murdered, and there's no good reason why all Muslims would not reject such hate and irrationality.