The need for moral clarity

Mary Katherine Ham takes a closer look at the differences in media coverage and citizen outrage between the cases of Mohammad Taheri-azar, the terrorist who drove his SUV into UNC Chapel Hill campus hangout called “The Pit”, and the the Duke lacrosse rape scandal:

I have heard it said that what America needs to win the war on Islamofascism is moral clarityβ€”a strong belief that our ideology and theirs are not comparable; that there is a good and an evil and we are on the good side; that Western civilization, for all its faults, is a damn sight better than that which seeks to destroy it.

Taheri-azar and the Duke lacrosse players were all technically innocent until proven guilty. In one case, public officials, the press, and the local community did their best to deny the accused that particular courtesy of American justice. Tellingly, it was not the case of the murderous thug who confessed to attempting to kill his classmates, in a fashion reminiscent of Mohammad Atta, just for being non-Muslimsβ€”and then detailed his plans and motivations in letters to a local paper.

Moral clarity is what we need. It was in short supply in a pair of college towns this spring.

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