A recent blizzard of liberal columns has framed the debate over American
Islam as if it were no more than the most recent stage in the glorious
history of our religious tolerance. This phrasing of the question has
the (presumably intentional) effect of marginalizing doubts and of
lumping any doubters with the anti-Catholic Know-Nothings,
the anti-Semites, and other bigots and shellbacks. So I pause to take
part in a thought experiment, and to ask myself: Am I in favor of the
untrammeled "free exercise of religion"?