It’s bad enough that the Livingston Economic Club, sponsored by this paper and Cleary University, has hired Ann Coulter, an insulting, hateful political pundit to speak in October, but the last speaker, Steven Emerson, proved also to be controversial.

According to the Daily Press & Argus, Emerson said mainstream Muslim groups are really fronts for radical militants. I wonder what credentials Emerson has that allow him to make such a sweeping statement.

Now, it’s perfectly understandable that we all harbor some bias against Islamic groups after Sept. 11, 2001.

For Emerson, however, to promote prejudice and then be applauded by the audience once again casts a negative impression upon Livingston County.

Emerson went on to say that what’s needed is a “reformation” of Islam in which there would be a “separation of church and state.”

Now there is an excellent idea and one that ought to be applied to all religions.

Ted Hysen


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