The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East has caused many Americans to reflect on that group's stated ambition to impose worldwide the totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine known as Shariah. Particularly unsettling is evidence of the group's goal in America, namely of "destroying Western civilization from within," as documented in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas in 2008.

For some prominent conservatives, however, such facts are not just inconvenient. They - and any who point them out - must be denied, ignored or suppressed.

The latest examples involve a pair of articles published in two of the right's most prominent online outlets: Townhall and National Review Online. The former recently distributed an essay by Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman. He was joined on June 13 by Matthew Schmitz in NRO. Both caricatured the "bogus" threat of "creeping Shariah" as a figment of the superheated imagination of its American opponents.

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