August 22, 2010

Same situation, less tolerance

If you've been paying even a scant bit of attention to the news of late, you'll notice that lefty pundits are busily lecturing us peons on the right of the imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to build a community center/mosque near Ground Zero, and how opponents of the project are (the usual) "intolerant," "racists" and "Islamophobes."

Just check out what's in store for Washington DC on August 28th:

[Glenn] Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin among the scheduled speakers, will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech there.

He has a right to do this, right? And, those who oppose it must be "bigots," "anti-American" and "haters," right? Let's see:

Still, several civil rights leaders and activists called Beck's comments disingenuous. They cited his record of making what they perceive to be racially insensitive comments.

Hmm. Just as people have cited the imam's record of insensitive comments.

Beck's choice of day and place for the rally "is insulting, is what it is," Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, said in an interview Monday. "August 28 is something special. It is a day that means something in American history because it was the demonstration in the United States in support of civil rights."

Hmm. Just as the location of the Islamic center/mosque near Ground Zero is "insulting?" Like Ground Zero is "something special?" Like Ground Zero is something that "means something in American history?"

Beck's plans are "an effort to embarrass and poke a finger in the eye of the civil rights community because Glenn Beck and his public utterances don't necessarily demonstrate a consistency with the vision of King."

Hmm. Like the imam's plans are "an effort to embarrass and poke a finger in the eye of the American public because the imam and his public utterances don't necessarily demonstrate a consistency with the concept of actual tolerance and goodwill?"

"For Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin to have a march, they have the right to do so. Many of us suspect they are using the symbolism of that day in a way that does not reflect what the day is about," [Al] Sharpton said. "At no point will we interchange. We will not desecrate the march and what King stood for."

Hmm. As many suspect that, despite the tolerance the imam preaches, the community center/mosque "does not reflect" this "tolerance?"

We want no confrontation with Glenn Beck. But we want a confrontation with the ideas he espouses. His ideas seem to be ideas of intolerance.

Hmm. Just as opponents of the GZ mosque want a "confrontation with the ideas/statements" the imam has espoused? Some of those seem to be ideas of intolerance, too.

I wonder why it is that the same lefty pundits who are preaching to us peons about "tolerance" etc. aren't doing that to Sharpton, et. al. in regards to Beck's rally. (No, I'm not really wondering; the answer is blatantly obvious to anyone with even just half a brain hemisphere.) I mean, are Glenn Beck's past statements really "worse" than the imam's?

Of course not.

It's all just another "battle" in the country's culture war. The MSM and the Ruling Class pundits lecture us underlings about what is "right" -- their notion of "right." This means that anything associated with conservatism doesn't fit that notion, despite even public opinion polls which show how out of touch these pundits are (like the 70% of Americans who oppose the GZ mosque).

Don't ask for consistency, folks. All you'll get is outright hypocrisy.

Posted by Hube at August 22, 2010 05:36 PM | TrackBack

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well put hube...great post.

Posted by: cardinals fan at August 22, 2010 06:59 PM

I'll toss out a couple of other differences, too.

1) 47 years vs. 9 years.
2) A one-day rally vs. a permanent presence.
3) The miniscule amount of opposition to the Beck rally is being ginned-up by a lying race-hustler with a history of anti-Semitic and racist speech while the opposition to the mosque is coming from the grass-toots and represents an overwhelming majority of Americans of all ages, races, ethnic groups and political ideologies.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at August 22, 2010 08:16 PM

I absolutely love the hypocrisy of race pimp and anti-Semite Al 'Doo' Sharpton talking to anybody about intolerance.

Posted by: Rob Miller at August 25, 2010 01:21 PM

I'm still waiting for the NYT or WaPo editorial promoting Glenn Beck's 1st amendment rights and deriding his critics as knuckle draggin troglodyte bigots.

But wait a second Al Sharpton is "civil rights leader!" He must be immune to such criticism.

Posted by: soccer dad at August 25, 2010 01:24 PM

Good point.

Posted by: trn at August 30, 2010 10:26 AM