aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
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So much for tolerating the idea we hate

In Mark Steyn's latest essay, he writes,
Take this no-name pastor from an obscure church who was threatening to burn the Koran. He didn’t burn any buildings or women and children. He didn’t even burn a book. He hadn’t actually laid a finger on a Koran, and yet the mere suggestion that he might do so prompted the President of the United States to denounce him, and the Secretary of State, and the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, various G7 leaders, and golly, even Angelina Jolie. President Obama has never said a word about honor killings of Muslim women. Secretary Clinton has never said a word about female genital mutilation. General Petraeus has never said a word about the rampant buggery of pre-pubescent boys by Pushtun men in Kandahar. But let an obscure man in Florida so much as raise the possibility that he might disrespect a book – an inanimate object – and the most powerful figures in the western world feel they have to weigh in.

Aside from all that, this obscure church’s website has been shut down, its insurance policy has been canceled, its mortgage has been called in by its bankers. Why? As Diana West wrote, why was it necessary or even seemly to make this pastor a non-person? Another one of Obama's famous "teaching moments"? In this case teaching us that Islamic law now applies to all? Only a couple of weeks ago, the President, at his most condescendingly ineffectual, presumed to lecture his moronic subjects about the First Amendment rights of Imam Rauf. Where's the condescending lecture on Pastor Jones' First Amendment rights?

Take a moment and reread that first sentence in the second paragraph again. Where is the referee to blow a whistle and throw a flag for piling on here? That could be your church's fate -- or mine -- and it wouldn't be Islamic fanatics who shut us down, either.

I think the pastor in Florida who threatened to burn a Koran was a publicity-seeking loon, but I think the proper thing to do with loons is ignore them, not eviscerate them. But that's the world we live in. The dangerous mobs who hate everything that isn't like them aren't the hicks any more, but the multi-culti, soi-disant sophisticates.
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