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Ambassador to Islam?

The United States shouldn’t legitimize the OIC.

Mar 1, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 23 • By PAUL MARSHALL
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But an official relationship with the OIC goes far beyond this. It means that our government relates to Muslims on the basis of religion, not citizenship; that it treats varied, multi-ethnic, and multireligious countries as if they were simply and monolithically Muslim; and that it legitimates the notion that these states exist to propagate Islam. Certainly, America needs to talk to the countries of the OIC—as we already do so, through our existing diplomatic relations and through the U.N. and through regional organizations. We should simply continue to do so.

Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, is completing a book on blasphemy, apostasy, and defamation of religion.

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