Now we’re going to see if the civil rights movement has any gas left in its tank. Glenn Beck and the Tea Party co-opting MLK’s dream? I guess they are welcome to it if no one is willing to fight them for it.
The cover story in this month’s Atlantic Monthly (by Jeffrey Goldberg) ponders the question of Israel bombing Iran in an attempt to eradicate its nuclear capability. You can read it if you want but I warn you there are big words and sentences that go on for six, seven, eight words. There are even semi-colons (these things ———> ; ) I say this simply as fair warning to those of you who support the Tea Party (cut slash spurt artery vein!)
Whether or not you think Israeli would be justified in attacking Iran, the article is frightening in that there are so many NUANCES to the question. For example, how do the Arab countries look at this issue? They hate Israel but they also hate Iran, which isn’t Arab.
But the question for us is what if we had a president whose idea of a nuance was whether to shoot the moose in the head or in the heart? If the president thought that we could America great again by building a giant-ass wall along the border so potential busboys and hotel maids couldn’t sneak across the border? Who thought that allowing Americans who happen to be Muslims to build a house of worship wherever they wanted was un-American?
I’m sure glad we have a president smart enough to understand what a nuance IS. Gingrich, Palin, Huckaby, Romney, etc. make for good cartoon characters but I am tellin’ ya man, we sure don’t want them making any IMPORTANT decisions.
There’s a rumor going ’round that President Obama is actually the son of former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X. If that’s the case, then the birthers have a problem since President X would then, of course, unquestionably be an American citizen.
It started out with “Dr.” Laura’s n-word rant. That was followed by Sarah Palin’s “Tweet” supporting her: “Dr.Laura:don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence”isn’t American,not fair”) (Palin’s syntax and spelling)
Now we have this from Ann Coulter: “The main thing I do is speak on college campuses, which is about the equivalent of speaking at an al-Qaida conference.”
Here’s a CNN article about Dr. Laura’s discussion on the air with a confused young person of color. You be the judge. First, this confused young person should NEVER have called Dr. Laura, because basically you’re a stone moron if you call Dr. Laura. Second, I feel real bad that Dr. Laura is being muzzled by these liberal-communist-Obamaniac-leftwing-socialists just because she dared to tell it like it is on the air, and so what if the n-word happened to slip out a couple of, ok, maybe 11 times in five minutes. Dr. Laura’s freedom of speech is being curtailed, just like the Muslims in Manhattan are NOT having their freedom of religion curtailed. See, Dr. Laura is a conservative radio personality who is trying to tell the truth and teach Americans about how to be better so she needs her freedom. The Muslims are part of the same religion as the people who flew the planes into the World Trade Center so they need to have their freedom curtailed. Doesn’t that just make sense?
Harry Reid. Oh poor Harry Reid. He’s gone all chicken-y on us over the Islamic Center near the sacred former site of the World Trade Center, now known in hushed whispers as “GroundZero.” Harry Reid, a Mormon who ought to know a few things about religious intolerance. Harry Reid, who did yeoman’s work on behalf of Barack Obama’s socialist-liberal-communist-Martian-animal-sacrifice-Druid agenda. Now Harry is joining some of the most serious nut jobs in America in telling the Muslims that while they have the right to build their center wherever they want, they better not do it in the shadow of “Ground Zero.”
Which makes me wonder if you can have a freedom of religion when powerful people lean on you not to exercise it.
“Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington,” Newt Gingrich said on the Fox News program “Fox and Friends.” “We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor. There’s no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center.”
So this presumed candidate for the presidency of the United States is equating a peaceful congregation of AMERICAN Muslims with the Nazis and the Japanese under Emperor Hirohito? This is pathetic, sick and wrong.
Hey buckos! Here’s a surprising but true revelation: Christianity is NOT the official religion of the USA. In fact, here’s a bigger surprise: The Constitution pretty much FORBIDS an official religion. So, right-wing nutjobs, go back to fondling your snakes or wading in the River Jordan. And leave the Moslems, the Jews, the agnostics and the Druids alone.
And don’t give me that crap about the Founding Fathers. Hell, 99% of the people who refer to the Founding Fathers couldn’t name more than two of them (and would probably get one of the two wrong: George Jefferson was a TV character, not a FF).
Want some examples? OK, sure. Let’s start with Thomas Jefferson. He wrote the Declaration of Independence and was the third president. Is that Founding Father-y enough for you? Here’s what he said: “Question with boldness even the existence of God; because if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.” Jefferson believed in the existence of a Supreme Being who was the creator and sustainer of the universe and the ultimate ground of being, but this was not the three-part deity of orthodox Christianity. He also rejected the idea of the divinity of Christ.
George Washington, the first president of the United States, never declared himself a Christian according to contemporary reports or in any of his voluminous correspondence. Washington championed the cause of freedom from religious intolerance and compulsion. When John Murray (a universalist who denied the existence of hell) was invited to become an army chaplain, the other chaplains petitioned Washington for his dismissal. Instead, Washington gave him the appointment. On his deathbed, Washinton uttered no words of a religious nature and did not call for a clergyman to be in attendance.
Then there is Benjamin Franklin, widely regarded during his lifetime as the wisest man in America and perhaps the world. In response to query about his religious beliefs, he said: Here is my creed. I believe in one God, the creator of the universe. That he governs by his providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion, and I regard them as you do in whatever sect I meet with them.
James Madison, fourth president and father of the Constitution, was not religious in any conventional sense. “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise. During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.” “
The Treaty of Tripoli, passed by the U.S. Senate in 1797, read in part: “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” The treaty was written during the Washington administration, and sent to the Senate during the Adams administration. It was read aloud to the Senate, and each Senator received a printed copy. This was the 339th time that a recorded vote was required by the Senate, but only the third time a vote was unanimous (the next time was to honor George Washington). There is no record of any debate or dissension on the treaty. It was reprinted in full in three newspapers – two in Philadelphia, one in New York City. There is no record of public outcry or complaint in subsequent editions of the papers.
Yes or no, Ms Snowbilly; Do you believe in Freedom of Religion for all Americans? Yes or no?
So what’s up with the people who are speaking out against the establishment of a Islamic center near the site of the former World Trade Center? Do we now have a kinda-sorta Bill of Rights? We better not because the Bill of Rights doesn’t protect the majority. It doesn’t need protection. It protects the minority, the viewpoints that lie outside the mainstream. It’s particularly interesting to see some Jewish leaders coming out in opposition (although to be fair, some have supported the concept of the center). If there is any group that ought to be defending Freedom of Religion, it’s the Jews.
If you look at the people who are most vociferously outspoken in opposing the Islamic center, they are the right-wing nutjobs who consistently pander to goober-snowbilly-inbred Far Right. Sarah Palin…what more can I say? Newt Gingrich, who sometime in the past decade took a couple of stupid pills and washed them down with a glass of delusion…and all the rest of the usual suspects.
It’s really pathetic about Gingrich…righteous horndog, former “history” professor who seems to be bent on proving that he’s either deep into senility or such a complete hypocrite that even the nutjobs will likely toss him over at the first opportunity. The guy used to have ideas…just like the Republican Party used to have ideas…ideas you could argue about, parse, discuss, refute. Now they just have stupidity, catch phrases, and pandering.
Give me one good reason….a REASON…why a group of Muslims shouldn’t build an Islamic center two or a hundred and two or two million blocks from the World Trade Center (now semi-religiously annointed as “Ground Zero.” Under any reasonable understanding of the concept of “Freedom of Religion,” they can do so without interference.
Sorry, as I wrote the word “reasonable” I realized the flaw in my argument. Nevermind.