And you don't have to look past the most recent homegrown radicals -- Nidal Malik Hasan, Faisal Shahzad and Najibullah Zazi, to name three -- who were, in some part, educated or radicalized in the United States to understand that Christians should not shy away from engaging in the battle of faiths and ideas. And secularists have no reason to be offended by the thought of it.
Thankfully, on Thursday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the evangelicals and overturned a lower court's ruling, thus allowing the Christians to distribute their propaganda on the festival's perimeter if they choose. And choice is the key.
When Ali brings up the idea, which is often, interviewers -- even some of the friendly ones -- seem to flinch at the insensitivity of suggesting that anyone try to cajole someone away from his faith. Aren't we supposed to respect other religions? Isn't it impolite -- or "racist," "exclusionary," "xenophobic" -- to claim that your beliefs are superior to or more practical than someone else's?
No. We claim as much every day in our elections, in books, in conversations, in blogs, in columns. Why should anyone be immune?