Thank God for places that someone can go like newshounds.us. I wish that all Fixed News viewers would – for just one week – go here. Here’s the basic rundown:
The demagogue Glenn Beck says that because Barack Obama and a Hamas leader support the “Ground Zero Mosque” he is thereby a “terrorist” – guilty by association. Now I am not supporting the “Ground Zero Mosque” and not because I don’t support the rights of all American citizens freedom of religion. Rather, I think it would keep tensions between Christians and Muslims and the Jews down to a minimum. Not only that, but the 9/11 families see it as a slap in the face.
Not every Muslim is bad; just like not every Christian is good either (I’ve met some pretty bad ones). My family doctor (before he died of cancer, he was from Syria) was Muslim. He was a good and caring person. His staff loved him.
But let’s look at the big picture. Glenn Beck will not mention that a G. W. Bush aid has come out in support of the “Ground Zero Mosque”. Fair and Balanced?
Or the fact that leaders of both Christian and Muslim have released a statement condemning the “xenophobia and religious bigotry” of Fixed News”.
As Catholic, evangelical, mainline Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders and scholars committed to religious freedom and inter-religious cooperation, we are deeply troubled by the xenophobia and religious bigotry that has characterized some of the opposition to a proposed Islamic center and mosque near where the World Trade Center towers once stood.
Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, is the most recent prominent opponent to cast this debate in a way that demonizes all Muslims and exploits fear to divide Americans. “It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way,” Gingrich said in a statement. Sarah Palin called plans for the center a “provocation.” Fox News has aired a steady stream of irresponsible commentary and biased coverage that reduces what should be a civil debate into starkly combative terms.
…Mr. Gingrich, Ms. Palin and other prominent voices privileged to have the ear of the media would make a more lasting contribution to our nation if they stopped issuing inflammatory statements and instead helped inspire a civil dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims committed to a future guided by the principles of compassion, justice and peace. Fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric only undermine treasured values at the heart of diverse faith traditions and our nation’s highest ideals.
Or his attack on churches that he deems Marxist? Now, Glenn, pull your head out of your own ass…hears a rag, clean your ears…but, anyway, churches giving, is Christian! Enough said.
Sean Hannity. You’ve just gotta love this guy, don’t you? Clinton still gets the blame for September 11, 2001 even though it happened on Bushes watch. He still tries to make the Hussein/Osama/al-Qaeda/9/11 connection good luck with that one, Sean.
Oh, who could forget about his “I’ll be waterboarded for charity” stunt. He didn’t even do it despite Keith Olbermann challenging him to $1,000 for every second he lasts – for charity! Ultimately the charity Hannity would choose would be…himself.
Just watch the video. Groden asks Hannity, “have you ever been waterboarded?” Hannity’s reply: “No but Oli North has, and I’ve talked to him about it”…blah, blah, blah. You can just here the tone in his voice like oh, shit, did I just say something stupid? Yes, you did, Sean.
Anyway, Hannity says that the Imam Rauf wants to “shred the Constitution!” Really, Sean? Shred our Constitution? What? Like its not already just part of a tour anyway? Come on, Hannity, say something factual, like Bush lied about Iraq and Afghanistan. Just say Bush is a flat out liar!
Hey, Sean, if you love the Constitution so much, part ways with the Constitution hating Oliver North.
People, this is fear mongering at its worst. It’s impossible to say that a Muslim cannot be a practicing Muslim and a “Great American”. Again, there are just as many bad Christians out there.
So long ’til next time, America!