A reader writes:
Doesn't the answer have to be about race?
Sure--partly. But it's partly about religion, about the fact that Hagee's lunacy is that of the religious majority. It may be crazy, but it's a Christian kind of crazy, whereas Farrakhan's is a Muslim kind of crazy.
When certain people hear "black Muslim," I suspect they freak out more about the "Muslim" than the "black." Either way, for too many Americans there's nothing reassuring in either half of the term. But when Christians hear "Christian bigot" they can at least latch onto the "Christian" half.