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As we move forward, I hope we’ll all try to keep in mind what our reactions would have been if we’d found out he was a fundamentalist Christian instead of a fundamentalist Moslem. Would we be so eager that the press play the religious angle? Would we be saying, “the fact that he was a fundie had nothing to do with it”? Or would we be more likely to want to put the religious angle in the lede? The fact is, nutty, out-of-control people are attracted to strict side of religions of all kinds because deep inside their secret hearts they know they need restraint.

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