Courtesy of Jihad Watch (IMHO the most reliable reporting on Islam to be found on the Web):
This article about Karen Armstrong, foremost apologist for Islam, who has been a featured speaker at the Smithsonian, a favorite at John Esposito's Center for Explaining Islam to non-Muslims (officially known as the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding), and the subject of a puff piece by Sally Quinn, Ben Bradlee's main squeeze at the Washington Post:
davidthompson: Islam's Hagiographer
Actually, Armstrong knows her sources (I've read both her biography of Muhammad and A History of God), but creates contorted rationalizations or tries to shame the West. In the first chapter of the biography of Muhammad, she rationalizes Muslim rage over Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses by comparing it to book-burnings in the West centuries ago. As an intelligent Christian noted, the Western fear is a return to the days of book-burning in Nazi Germany.