You just cannot get more secular and mainstream and politically savvy than Fareed Zakaria.? He has returned the award for journalism that he received a few years ago from the ADL (Anti-Defamation League).? He has given his reasons, among which are:
“You are choosing to use your immense prestige to take a side that is utterly opposed to the animating purpose of your organization”
So, what has happened to these ideals of liberty in the West and the grassroots institutions that supported them?? Rights for Jews, minorities, refugees, etc.? All that went away, it believes, with Nazism receding from memories and the USSR having broken up.
These liberal and humanitarian ideals are eternal and should be protected.? Else, we would have no right to question moral relativity of those who sympathize with extremism and obscurantism.
Related: A student takes down Newt Gingrich on this issue: http://gotmedieval.blogspot.com/2010/08/professor-newts-distorted-history.html