David Frum

04.13.12

The Next Culture War

... may be fought over the nomination of Dr. Zuhdi Jasser to a government advisory commission on religious freedom.

From the Washington Post:

More than 50 Muslim and non-Muslim civic and religious groups asked leading senators on Thursday (April 12) to rescind the appointment of an outspoken Muslim activist, Zuhdi Jasser, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Jasser, a Navy-trained physician, is decrying the effort — and others to oust him from the independent watchdog panel — as a “smear tactic.”

A separate online petition that began circulating last week, also asking for his ouster, has garnered more than 2,000 signatures.

Jasser is a frequent guest on Fox News. The groups opposing him are headlined by the Council on American Islamic Relations. So you already know how the passions will align.

In danger of being lost sight of here is just what an impressive person Jasser is—and how decent and humane his message is. Here's an opportunity not to turn every decision of government into a cable-news food fight. Americans of goodwill of all parties should be able to agree on this: Jasser belongs on that commission, and CAIR's opposition is only another of the man's many accolades.