How to be a true (non-mosque fearing) American - How the World Works - Salon.com

This message gets to the heart of something very important. The conservative right likes to wrap itself in the flag and paint opposition to its values as un-patriotic and un-American. But tolerance is also an American value. And what is more craven than the fear that the American way of life will be undermined by the exercise of such a value — by our welcoming of difference, our openness to that which threatens us?

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Whoever came up with this is absolutely spot-on.