Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Republic Editor Martin Peretz: Muslims Not Worthy Of First Amendment

Once again it's worthwhile asking just how liberal the New Republic is. The magazine's past support of the war in Iraq inspired readers to demand an apology; in 2004 an editorial declared, "We feel regret, but no shame. . ." Now we have these comments from editor-in-chief Martin Peretz:

But, frankly, Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims. And among those Muslims led by the Imam Rauf [of the Islamic center near ground zero project] there is hardly one who has raised a fuss about the routine and random bloodshed that defines their brotherhood. So, yes, I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.

The New Republic has some fine writers, but what can be concluded about a magazine under the editorship of someone who harbors such racist, intolerant sentiments?

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