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'This surprising frequency of Muslims winning beauty pageants'

I've been seeing plenty of links to Daniel Pipes's blog post on Rima Fakih, the first Muslim to become Miss USA. But I only just decided to click through. Wow. Citing five Muslim victories in beauty pageants over the past five years, Pipes says that "this surprising frequency of Muslims winning beauty pageants makes me suspect an odd form of affirmative action," then offers an update from a reader:

[O]n a more serious level, affirmative action appears to play a role in some of the Nobel Prizes.

And more reader insight:

No surprise here. Affirmative action was first applied in beauty contests for black women to win in the 1980s, then it was the turn of Latin, brown skinned women, and now it's Muslims. That's why most people ignore these rigged "events." They are money losers and require controversy.

This comes not from a penny ante blogger but from a former State Department staffer, former member of the United States Institute of Peace (holding a recess appointment after being filibustered by Democrats), and former adviser to Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign. Just wow.

By David Weigel  |  May 17, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  Islam  
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