Islam in the House

Once the State Department, always the State Department  (JW)

Navy imam Chaplain Abuhena M. Saifulislam lifted his voice to God as he called to prayer more than 100 Department of Defense employees Monday at a Defense Department service celebrating iftar, the end of the daily fast during the month long Muslim practice. (source)

Sound familiar?

In December 1973, when I was still in the Soviet Union, The Gulag Archipelagowas published in the West. VOA — or, rather, one VOA announcer — read an excerpt from Gulag on the air. Immediately, Radio Moscow started screaming that VOA had no right to interfere in the internal affairs of the Soviet Union, that the broadcast had fouled the international atmosphere. And what did VOA do? With the agreement of the State Department, it took the announcer off that assignment and forbade the reading of The Gulag Archipelago to Russia! More, for several years it was forbidden to quote Solzhenitsyn on VOA, so as not to discredit Communist propaganda.

That’s from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, “The Soft Voice of America,” National Review, April 30, 1982

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