To The Daily Sun,
I want to thank Dave Pollak for pointing out that one of my citations, from the "NationalReport.Net" website, was bogus. However, Mr. Pollak goes on to make a number of claims or assumptions that are simply not true, that I would like to address.
First, my Tuesday column said nothing about "smashing the church/state barrier", as Mr. Pollak claims. The column had to do with the failure of immigrants in this country, and in much of Europe, to assimilate themselves into their host countries, and how that has led to a series of accommodations by all levels of our government.
Next, he makes the statement that, ". . . Bob has made it clear that he has no use for academics, unless they agree with him," I gather that Mr. Pollak believes that academics should not be subject to questioning, or perhaps he believes that tenure is more desirable than merit. Or maybe he believes that students don't read the opinions their teachers write in the newspapers and are therefore not academically or politically influenced by them. Perhaps he should explain how he came to that opinion.
Now, as to Mr. Pollak's charge that I am guilty of "motivated reasoning", he might want to look at some of the research that I did in preparation for writing my "opinion" piece. Among the items reviewed was an extensive column in the Washington Post on how the government and businesses are accommodating Muslim customers-employees-students-or-clients. The article includes numerous citations by the author of the article. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/02/20/providing-accommodations-that-benefit-muslim-customers-employees-students-or-clients/?wprss=rss_national
Another review was from Wikipedia which showed that the president of the Dearborn City Council is a Muslim Arab American and the majority of the council members are Arab American. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dearborn,_Michigan
And, Mr. Pollak might want to review another part of my research for the column, by checking a video which shows a small group of Christians attempting to hand out a biblical tract outside of a Muslim festival which was being held on the city streets of Dearborn. The Christians did not speak but simply offered their tract to people passing by. A swarm of police confiscated the video camera of the Christians, arrested them, and when they were subsequently released, were required to stay a minimum of five blocks away from the festival in order to hand out their tracts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG7ZhEReUFM
So, the citation of the National Report website, though in error, seemed to be consistent with the other valid research cited above. I stand by what I wrote in Tuesday's column.
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