He is an “interesting” individual.
Like me, most people wish to write him off as some kind of liberal who will support anything the Democrats do when he is in fact a person who has both liberal & conservative tendencies and is intelligent enough to deal with that fact. Life isn’t simple. It isn’t black & white 99.9% of the time and if you don’t get this then you are, simply put, intellectually feeble.
We just happen to live at a time where, like it or not, Democrats have people who don’t seem half as retarded as Republicans. This isn’t to say they are the sharpest bunch of people I have ever met, but they make the GOP look like a special needs class right now. And that is all the GOP’s own doing.
Call me silly, but when it comes to making big decisions I’ll take someone I am not 100% ideologically aligned with who happens to be smart over someone who lines up with my beliefs and happens to be dumb (insert random Republican name here).
With all of the recent hooplah over the proposed “Ground Zero Mosque” he felt compelled to write an open letter to those opposing it, asking me to then publish it on my blog.
It’s an interesting read so without further adieu, here she goes:
Dear Opponents of the “Ground Zero” Mosque…
Recently the increasingly irrational Religious Right of this country has decided to once again use Islamophobia as a campaign tactic. Taking a cue from Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Peter King and crew have decided to once again use the 9/11 attacks as a political tool, an emotional plea straight to the heart of middle America.
According to them the attackers are claiming victory by building a symbol of their religion in the foot print of those towers to spit in the face of the ‘Christian values’ with which this country was founded on. Wait…what’s that? It’s two blocks away from where the towers stood? Well I’m sure that when the sun hit just right that their shadows once hit that spot, so that still counts, right?
Obviously it’s easy to see how the entire situation is nowhere near what it is claimed to be. New York is a very, very dense city. Two blocks away means you probably would have no idea of your proximity to Ground Zero while visiting such a building. For a group trying to claim victory this seems like a fairly ineffectual victory mosque, does it not?
But even if the mosque was built straight on where one of the towers stood to claim your opposition has any basis in the Constitution or values of America displays your ignorance of both. Nowhere in the constitution is the clause “for Christians only” attached to the freedoms it promises.
Freedom of religion pertains to every person who lives in this country, even those who decide not to ‘integrate’ into society. We are a country ruled of law, not of man, and as long as those laws are not being broken neither you nor I have any right to force anyone to conform to the ‘normal’ cultural ideals.
So if this mosque is not against the American ideals and values as King and crew are claiming than what basis is there for the opposition? Unadulterated rage and prejudice? I keep hearing that this mosque is wrong because it may be funded by terrorists or because the Imam has not denounced radical Islam in the past (Which he has). Does that mean that every Church needs to have the same scrutiny?
Whenever the Catholics go to erect a church must we demand that leadership of said church denounce the molestation of children? Do Baptists have to apologize for the rhetoric of “God Hates Fags” spouted by the Westboro Baptist Church?
Sure, those examples only represent a small subset of the people who use the banner of ‘Christian’ but by that same token those who decided to attack on 9/11 only represent a small subset of Muslims. To point the finger and say that all of Islam facilitated the 9/11 attacks applies a blanket logic that should also encompass your own religion.
If that is how Islam is going to be treated than by the same logic I can say that all Christians are responsible for the Crusades, witch hunts, murder of indigenous cultures in countless lands, killings of doctors in abortion clinics, the subjugation of women, Jews, homosexuals, et al and many other atrocities that just so happened to be done by a group that happened to be Christian.
But I don’t subscribe to such logic and, quite simply, those who do are a god damn embarrassment to anyone who claims to care about the values that America stands for. To paint so broadly a brush to demonize all Muslims goes against everything that the founders of America had in mind. Muslims have the right to practice and exist just as every other religion in this country does.
The majority tyranny that the Religious Right wishes to impose is purposely safe guarded by the Constitution, the same document that those shills claim to hold a half step below the Bible in its importance.
The real depressing part of this entire situation is it shows the absolute disregard and disrespect for the rights of the people who live in this country who don’t happen to subscribe to the same delusion as the majority. As a hopelessly hell bound Atheist I think Islam and Christianity are both equally as wrong, deluded and perverse to the real nature of humanity, but I would defend the rights of the believers to believe whatever the hell they want as long as it’s within the bounds of the law.
Could I expect the same respect from Peter King, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Rupert Murdoch’s lovely crew at Fox News? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say probably not.
So to those who sympathize with the ‘refudiators’ of this mosque, realize that you are not acting in the name of America. America has no basis in your bigotry and hatred and stands for the exact opposite of what you do. As citizens of this country you are more anti-American than any terrorist could ever be, you should be ashamed.
I think this is an interesting take on the whole “controversy”.
Adam Serwer points out today that the very name of the planned Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan has led the most paranoid mind-numbingly-retarded members of society to believe that it is an explicit announcement of the intention to impose Sharia law on the United States. Serwer points out that this is “cartoon-villain stupid.” So it makes sense that leading the charge here is Newt Gingrich, who divines the magic forces at work thusly:
The true intentions of [Faisal Abdul] Rauf are also revealed by the name initially proposed for the Ground Zero mosque –“Cordoba House” — which is named for a city in Spain where a conquering Muslim army replaced a church with a mosque. This name is a very direct historical indication that the Ground Zero mosque is all about conquest and thus an assertion of Islamist triumphalism which we should not tolerate.
Serwer notes that the Cordoba Initiative has announced ideals of its own, chief among them being a restoration of “the atmosphere of interfaith tolerance and respect that we have longed for since Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in harmony and prosperity eight hundred years ago.”
As Serwer goes on to say, this basically boils down to whether you accept that Faisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” — after having a long career building interfaith bridges with the stated intention of out-competing Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda death cult for the hearts and minds of young Muslims — has now accidentally tipped his hand to the secret plot to destroy America that he’s been hiding all along. (If only he’d been smart enough to call the proposed center “The Newt Gingrich House of Pancakes!”)
And then, if all that is true, you have to imagine that somehow, it’s even possible for Sharia law to be imposed somehow on America. One need only look at how difficult it is for a global superpower to impose Western democracy on Iraq and Afghanistan to see how foolish an idea that is.
I find it hard to believe that the “Impose Sharia Law Act of 2011” wins Ben Nelson’s vote in the Senate. I suppose it could be done through sorcery, but al Qaeda will really have to step up its game, from crotch-based incendiary discharges, to make that work.