Is it because he suddenly realizes that the anti-Islamist hate train left the station without him and now that the vile hate fest on that train is getting all the media attention since it arrived at Ground Zero, he wants to whine about it?
Yes, I definitely think so!
He doesn't deny that he's still an Islam hater though, just not as bad as the really bad ones, that's all.
Mr Pipes says he shares "the same enemies" with people like Wilders and the new crop of bloggers.
What new crop of bloggers?
Obviously he hasn't been paying attention much, either that, or he's inventing stuff out of thin air just to make himself look better, because in reality it's still one and the same crop of Islam-hating "bloggers", who merely cranked up the hate a few notches from hating "radical Islam" to hating "all Islam", starting back in 2007.
The only difference is that back then, Mr Pipes himself was one of those few anti-Islamists leading their pack and enjoying much the limelight as one of the most "senior" anti-Islamist "scholars" (whatever that means).
Mr Pipes goes on to explain that he's merely helping raise funds for Geert Wilders' defense against hate speech charges (in the Netherlands), because for him it's a matter of freedom of speech.
OK fine, I can almost understand his reasoning with this one...if Wilders' court case was actually in the United States, where the right to freedom of speech (almost always) trumps all, but does he not realize that he's merely wasting his funds on meddling with the laws that are clearly fundamental in the Netherlands as well as in many other countries around the world? The Dutch Penal code prohibits hate speech and Mr Wilders has to face the judge to defend his criminal actions, simple as that. American style freedom of speech has nothing to do with that, all it does is slow down the process because of Daniel Pipes and his ilk, and populist politicians love that.
It's also worth mentioning that according to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, "freedom of speech in the Netherlands is not only limited by law, but also by moral standards and civilization".
"This anti-Islamic agitation has been growing over time. It's much stronger than in 2001," he said. "The two sides are shooting at each other and don't notice me anymore."
Pipes says while he shares a concern about radical Islam with today's crop of bloggers, he considers them "anti-Islam" because in his view they see the faith and it scripture as fundamentally problematic for a pluralistic, democratic society like the United States and unchangeable.
Pipes said the bloggers have brought an unsophisticated tone to the debate, "which I think is unfortunate."
That said, Pipes was clear that he shares some goals with even people he calls the most "anti-Islam" - such as far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has advocated banning Muslim immigration to his country and the Quran. Pipes said he's raising money for the defense of Wilders, who faces trial for inciting hate and discrimination against Muslims. The issue, says Pipes, is one of protecting free speech.
Pipes says he shares "the same enemies" with people like Wilders and the new crop of bloggers.
"We're in the same trench but we have different views of what the problem is. We both see an attempt to impose Islamic law, sharia, in the West. We are both against it, and want to maintain Western civilization. But we understand the nature of the problem differently."