Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gotta Love PC (not personal computers)

Political correctness (PC) has once again reared its ugly head. In the last week, we have learned that it was not muslims who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, but more specifically muslim extremists (or muslim radicals) (or muslim fundamentalists). Anyway, it was certainly not muslims. In fact, I don't think we are even able to insinuate that males of middle eastern decent were in any way involved.
I have had the privilege of knowing many people of various religions and ethnic backgrounds. I agree with the PC crowd that as a religion, not all muslims should be lumped together. Yet, all Christians bear the blame of the Crusades according to these same people. Should not islam, like Christianity, be held accountable for it's more radical elements? If the tables were turned, would not the Pope be called upon to disavow a destructive sect of Christianity? My point is that we are splitting hairs when we come down on people for using the term muslim or muslim extremist.
That brings us to the current uproar created by Bill O'Reilly, the View and now Juan Williams. Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked out on O'Reilly during the View last week, because he was unwilling to qualify his remarks when referring to the attackers. The PC police now view as bigotry the classification of our attackers as muslim. The fact that they were muslim is beside the point. And now Juan Williams is being fired from NPR because he feel uncomfortable if he encounters people wearing middle eastern clothing.
I have a simple observation. If we are made uncomfortable by a person's dress or religion, should the members of said group go to greater efforts to improve their standing in the eyes of the public? If we react negatively to a specific group of people, maybe there is a reason. Maybe said group has caused fear. The term terrorist comes to mind. These groups identify themselves as muslim and as terrorists. That is why we now view them in this fashion. 
Before Whoopi and Joy walk off next time, maybe they should consider that many people in the muslim world are working quite hard to create fear and intimidation among Americans. While they do not represent all muslims, they are not shouted down either. If the so-called moderates are unwilling to oppose the fundamentalists in any significant way, it signals to the world that they do not oppose them after all. If they do not oppose the radicals it tells us that they are not perceived as radicals and therefore part of mainstream islam.


  1. Wow.

    All I have to say, is that if this is the kind of hate you're peddling, then I'm surprised Magdalena still welcomes you.

    You want to talk about fear and intimidation? This blog post is fear and intimidation. I wonder what you think of me now, I'm half Lebanese. Am I still welcome in your parish as your "family?" I mean, half of me comes from a country that breeds Muslims! And here I am, in your church, and in your town! If that's what Christianity is about, then I'm glad I'm Jewish.

    And where have you been that the moderates aren't shouting down the extremists? You know how many Muslims serve in the military? You know how many imams denounced 9/11 in the past ten years? Hey, why don't you regularly denounce the Christians murdering doctors who perform abortions? What about Timothy McVeigh? According to your logic, since Timothy McVeigh was a Nazi terrorist, then all Christians must be Nazi terrorists. I mean, the Christian response wasn't very significant. This blog post makes you look about as Christian and God-fearing as my left pinky toe. At least it keeps itself from demeaning, ridiculing, and attacking God's own creation.

    But hey, I must be PC police if I disagree with you, right?

    Congratulations. Neither my husband nor I are ever going to set foot in your church or your home again. You've gone and made Christianity look bad, and I want no part of anything as demeaning to God as your comments.

  2. Indeed and where was the "christian" outcry as the "christians" of Serbia were slaughtering the muslims in Bosnia; you do remember that right? That little action that we went into by order of that "weak" "liberal" president named William Clinton? That action were we are still sending US soldiers into that are dying there even today? Where was the outcry and the call to end the genocide of innocent muslims? I heard none then or now?
    In April 1992, the U.S. and European Community chose to recognize the independence of Bosnia, a mostly Muslim country where the Christian Serb minority made up 32 percent of the population. Milosevic responded to Bosnia's declaration of independence by attacking Sarajevo, its capital city, best known for hosting the 1984 Winter Olympics. Sarajevo soon became known as the city where Serb snipers continually shot down helpless civilians in the streets, including eventually over 3,500 children.

    Bosnian Muslims were hopelessly outgunned. As the Serbs gained ground, they began to systematically roundup local Muslims in scenes eerily similar to those that had occurred under the Nazis during World War II, including mass shootings, forced repopulation of entire towns, and confinement in make-shift concentration camps for men and boys. The Serbs also terrorized Muslim families into fleeing their villages by using rape as a weapon against women and girls. Where was the "outcry" there?

    Where was the outcry when "christian" Nigerians slaughtered as many as 300 cattle herder muslims and destroyed 67 mosques in 2004?

    On the other side of your statements; after the train and bus bombings in London in 2005:
    Prominent Muslim organizations across Canada sent out news releases just hours after the attacks in London, condemning them as "cowardly" and a "crime against humanity." That message was echoed loud and clear by local imams.

    "As Muslim Canadians, as Muslims who stand for justice and what is fair, Allah commands us in the Qur'an: Do not create mischief and horror on the face of this earth"-Sheikh Yusuf Badat-2005

    Sheikh Aslam Nakhuda went on the offensive against terrorism in the name of Islam:

    "If this was allowed in our faith, show me from
    the Hadith (sayings and traditions of the prophet Muhammad) and from the Qur'an, that the Prophet did something similar," he said, challenging the congregation of more than 500. "Show me! Or show me that the Prophet agreed with someone who
    did something similar."

    Nakhuda said that, "he who takes part in killing innocent people will burn in the fire of hell."

    This is not PC "liberal" rhetoric these are cold hard ugly facts.

  3. Looking over your twitter posts, you do realize that is a extreme right-wing "news" agency that is used by neo-nazis to foment their nonsense and hatred? Either you do realize that and support that kind of BS; or you don't and need to recognize the sources you are using. So which is it?

  4. "Pastor" Paul, you really ought to be ashamed of yourself. It is absolutely unbelievable for someone in somewhat of a authoritative position, like yourself, to be spreading such propaganda and hate. You call yourself Christian? Well, you need to re-read the bible! Additionally, I agree with the above poster. I think you need to get your facts straight Get off of your high-horse and step off your soap box! Re-examine what's in your heart, because it's certainly not of the Lord Your God that you supposedly believe in. How pathetic. And I mean that in the true sense of the word. Very sad.