Category Archives: Ground Zero Mosque

Hate Crimes and Wingnuts

Have I got your attention?

My web surfing today has revealed a singular theme.  You guessed it:  hate crimes.  How powerfully this meme travels one way on the two-way street of political discourse.  When bullies gang up on some poor feller because he is Muslim, that is a hate crime.  When some loser gang types brutally assault and torture some folks because they are suspected of homosexuality, that is a hate crime.  Hate crimes against Catholics or Protestants are not quite so newsworthy, though.  The hate crimes of one victim group against another (Muslim against homosexuals, for example) don’t even exist, do they?

Discussion point:  wouldn’t most crimes be hate-motivated in some fashion or another?

Goodness knows Byron Williams is a hater-type criminal, the existence of which the left will use inexhaustibly for political purposes.

Goodness knows that Byron Williams was created by Glenn Beck’s violent rhetoric and hateful speech, and he should totally be taken off the air by the Hate Crime Police.  (Just check my last link if you think I exaggerate.) 

I want to write so eloquently and so powerfully about this issue.  Alas, I am tired and ready to bid this day “good night.”

If you feel that the right is full of “hate speech,” just bear these links in mind:

Look At This F*cking Tea Partier, and

Look At This F*cking Teab*gger.  (Do you reckon they know each other?  Or did they just have the same brilliant idea to demean people about whom they know nothing?)

What are we to take from these websites and quotes like this:

“Just look at this hateful little man. Every time he looks in the mirror a racist bigot stares back at him but he’s too blinded by his rage to recognize it. Unfortunately for him and Tea Baggers like him we don’t have the same problem, recognizing hate.”

Calling some guy you don’t know “hateful” because he has different opinion than yours about the President isn’t hateful, in and of itself, you know.  The left is never hateful.  Not even when it blows up children.

However, Pamela Geller’s concern about the Cordoba Initiative is definitely hate speech:

“The speaking event . . . brought over fifty students and local activists, many of them from the Delaware Valley Veterans for America, International Socialist Organization, International Action Center and Socialist Action to denounce Geller and Spencers’ documented hatemongering against Muslims.”

Okey-dokey then.  (If you want to make up you own mind, please listen to their speeches for yourself and decide how hateful Geller and Spencer are.)

How about this example.  Is it hate speech?  “You’ll rot in hell and you’ll be made to drink blood and puss. That’s what happens when you provoke someone’s religion.
Rot in hell you bastard.”

How about “Kill Geert Wilders?”  Hate speech?  I guess not.  It is just righteous indignation at Mr. Wilders’ hate speech, you see.

Does your brain hurt yet?

If not, then click here, and see how the left can make a hero out of a nasty murderer like Che.

If still not, then click here, and see how even a knitting blogger hates the horrible hating “teab*ggers”:

“the hatred of these miserable simpletons who call themselves Teab*ggers makes me pukified.

I suspect that many KnitDweebs are Teab*ggers. Simpletons whose brains are trapped in a vicious cycle of ignorance.

Feel free to add your own Teab*gger knitting project to the comments. Let’s have some f*ckin’ fun with this!

Thank God there are no Teab*gger or Teaparty groups on Ravelry. At least, none that I could find. Presumably, Teab*gger knitters aren’t very techo-savvy.”

Whiskey tango foxtrot?  I am a “miserable simpleton” who is trapped in a “vicious cycle of ignorance.”  No particular facts were offered to support this general claim.

I am a tea-party-type conservative.  Can you find anything in my very own posts to support this claim? 

Go ahead, support it.  Use specific facts to demonstrate how dumb and hateful I am, and how smart and loving you are.

How Many Blocks Away Is Okay? The Answer To This Ground Zero Mosque Controversy

One of the themes I’ve heard here and there goes like this:

How many blocks away must the mosque be, in order to satisfy those who oppose it?

The first thing that popped in my mind was a memory of the Acts17 folks on YouTube, trying to hand out the Gospel of John outside the Arab Festival in Dearborn.  Hey, they had to be a number of blocks away from the festival, in order to exercise their free speech and free press rights. 

Perhaps the distance required for Muslim sensitivities could fairly apply in the reverse situation.

How many blocks was that?

Watch and find out!

P.S.  I understand that the phrase “Ground Zero Mosque” is now verboten to many actual journalists.  Well I’m just a no-account anonymous blogger, so I didn’t get that memo.

Narf!

Ground Zero Mosque

Like Steve Dennis, I have been silent on this issue too, though for a different reason.  (The whole thing just plain makes him sick over at America’s Watchtower, and rightfully so.)

Nah, I stay silent when I haven’t sorted out conflicting principles in my own mind. 

Being the uber-property-rights-minded libertarian-type, I have a hard time coming down against someone’s right to do what they wish with their private property.  Even if it does make people sick because it’s just so . . . well, sick

I mean, seriously?  And the ground-breaking scheduled for 11 September 2011, too?

Geewillikers.

But I have followed the issue, mostly with Claudia Rosett’s string of articles at Pajamas Media.  For example, I followed her link to Alyssa A. Lappen, who points out the following quotes from 9/11 mosque developer, Feisal Abdul Rauf:

“U.S. policies were an accessory to the crime that happened [referring to 9/11].”

“In … the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden was made in the USA.”

Nice.  Mr. Lappen’s article also points out the fact that Rauf is fond of listening to the same radical speakers as the Muslim Brotherhood. 

By the way, the Muslim Brotherhood has the following stated mission:

“…Eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

Okey-dokey then.

Do read Claudia Rosett’s articles about her attempts to contact Rauf, to learn of his Middle East fundraising schedule, and to document the ever-morphing Cordoba Initiative website.  Very interesting.

Plus, I followed her link to this Andrew McCarthy article at NRO, and learned a little bit about a book Rauf wrote, What’s Right With Islam Is What’s Right With America

Apparently, a “special, non-commercial edition” of this book was later produced, with Rauf’s cooperation, by two American tentacles of the Muslim Brotherhood: the Islamic Society of North America and the International Institute of Islamic Thought.  Mr. McCarthy points out:

“Both ISNA and IIIT have been up to their necks in the promotion of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s ruthless Palestinian branch, which is pledged by charter to the destruction of Israel.  In fact, both ISNA and IIIT were cited by the Justice Department as unindicted co-conspirators in a crucial terrorism-financing case involving the channeling of tens of millions of dollars to Hamas through an outfit called the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.”

Okey-dokey then.  Can we safely assume that Rauf is not a “good guy?”

Still not convinced?  Watch this vid if you haven’t already:

Alrighty then.

So I’m thinking, sure, I have to be consistent with my belief in the protection of everyone’s private property rights, regardless of their religion. 

Yet.

All of the above brings me to the following revelation:  limits are placed on our private property rights all the time.  Just ask Ms. Kelo.

And then I learn the kicker

“the developer of this project does not own, but rather leases from Con Edison, a public utility, one of the two parcels needed for the mosque project.”

This is a good thing, me thinks.  It is not just a private property involved, but public property as well. 

Hmm.  The public probably has a thing or two to say about the use of this property. 

Like the Blue Collar folks that Can I Finish My Waffle? introduced to me (Thanks, Bella).  The founder of Blue Collar Corner, Andy Sullivan, is spearheading the Hard Hat Pledge:  refusal to work the site of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque.

Good for him.

Here are two links for signing petitions and one for taking action on the related issue of so-called “islamophobia,” if you are so inclined.

Spread the word, my peoples.

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