David Quinn: It's 'reasonable' to attack Christianity but not Islam
'Newsnight' on BBC2 last week ran an interview with former Conservative politician, Chris Patten, who is helping to oversee the arrangements for the imminent visit of the Pope to Britain.
The interviewer treated the strident objections to the visit as perfectly reasonable and understandable. Patten did his considerable best to answer.
The very next item covered the objection of a majority of Americans to the building of a mosque near the site of Ground Zero in New York. These objections were treated by the reporter as manifestations of 'Islamophobia'.