I wrote about this recently as it related to the hokey threat from an ignorant Florida preacher that he was going to burn Korans, but the more we hear about the reactions from Muslims and read reports like the one linked above, we have to ask why so many American intellectuals aren't condemning the religious irratonality coming from a large portion of the Islamic faithful around the world.
For decades, American intellectuals have rightly called many fundamentalist Christians like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson on their irrationality, bigoted comments and beliefs, and just plain ignorance, but intellectuals in America, especially on the left, are going in the other direction with Islam -- they selectively choose moderate Islamists who appear rational when quoted, but ignore the overwhelming evidence that much of Islam is stuck in an ignorant mindset which is harmful to women, gays, anyone who doesn't believe as they believe and freedom in general.
This reluctance of American intellectuals to call the Islamist faith on its worst practices and beliefs is intellectually dishonest and cowardly. Just about all the news reports on the 9/11 remembrance is couched in dire warnings about Islamophobia -- but hardly anything is written about why the ideas held by many, many Muslims around the word should be feared, condemned and rejected. In the above article, if this gay individual was being threatened with reprisals for being gay and having a Jewish fiend by the officials of an American state, there would be such an uproar and righteous indignation that Federal investigators and the media would be falling over one another to get to the state bigots involved.