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If you like Stephen Schwartz....

You may well enjoy the Claremont Institute’s conference, "American Citizenship in the Age of Multicultural Immigration." It will be held March 20-22, at the Chapman University School of Law, in Orange, California. The conference is cosponsored with the generous support of the Salvatori Center of Claremont McKenna College and Chapman University School of Law. The conference is free and open to the public. A major publication is expected from the papers.

Principal speakers include Paul Gigot of The Wall Sttreet Journal, Joel Kotkin, assistant attorney general Viet Dinh, and frequent Ashbrook speaker William B. Allen, not to mention Peter W. Schramm. Papergivers and respondents (including Stephen Schwartz) include a cast too long to name here, but please check in the next day or two for a brief announcement and the preliminary program.

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I, for one, don’t care for Mr. Schwartz, the recent convert to Sufi Islam. He believes all that is evil in the Islamic world emanates from the Wahhabist Saudis. The Saudis are evil enough, what with their billions of petro-dollar support for terrorism, but the problems confronting Islamic civilization extend beyond a couple thousand corrupt princes and their bankrupt ideology.

It is the indivisibility of the spiritual from the temporal that is at the root of Islam’s problems. What is not required is the familiar libertarian refrain of "church-state separation"--that’s a secular convention of deist Jeffersonian democracy. Western philosophers of what once was called "Christendom" developed and recognized the difference long before Mr. Jefferson.

However, some attempt at recognizing the distinction between earthly and spiritual powers would seem to be in order. And, yes, that is easier said than done.

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