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Friday, July 23, 2010

The Sherrod-Shariah Charade

Poor Glenn Beck. He should have one of those Tea Party signs that says, “It doesn’t matter what I say on this program, you’ll still say I’m a racist.”

I first noticed the Sherrod story on the Drudge Report, with some sort of disclaimer that there was more to the story. It certainly was horrible (and dangerous) that Sheryl Cook of the White House ordered Sherrod to pull over in her car to resign over her Blackberry, “because you’re going to be on Glenn Beck tonight.”

We assumed she was telling the truth. Maybe we gave her the benefit of the doubt because she was black. We are racists, after all. Only the story didn’t appear on Glenn Beck’s show that night. In the next hour, it was on Fox’s 6 p.m. newscast, but the lead was that the president had fired this woman so abruptly.

Rush Limbaugh is now up in arms (and probably correctly) that no one bothered to question the story at all. At 7 p.m., Fox News notes that anchor Shep Smith refused to report the story because they couldn’t confirm any of the details. Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity followed.

When I had a chance to read more about the Sherrod story, it sure sounded like she’s still a racist to me. Anyone who would accuse Glenn Beck, who’s invited so many black guests and audiences onto his show, of being racist must be listening to the Woo-Woos.

What he did say of the story, the next night, was in support of her. What a terrible thing, to be pulled over to the side of the road and be fired by no less than the White House itself. The Secretary of Agriculture did the apologizing, although he was in Ohio at the time.

Belatedly, President Obama called to apologize to her. Meanwhile, she refused all offers to appear on Fox News, which had defended her. She even went so far as to accuse Beck and Fox News of being “racist.”

This morning’s Bergen Record carried an editorial cartoon depicting Sherrod as a dove of peace triumphing over a fox, labeled Fox News. Yet all Fox reported on was her forced resignation by the White House. CNN reported, it too, with Sherrod on camera.

She’s threatening to sue everyone in sight, though she claimed that her particular target was and others. What a coincidence that Fox News and the Conservative media are also the target of the socialist Left. Control the means of communications – that’s one of the tenets of the Communist Manifesto.

Glenn Beck said last night there was something not right about the story, but that he’s a commentator, not a journalist. There’s something not right about many things that have been going on this week, journalistically.

A group of socialist bloggers managed to take down a post on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page opposing the Ground Zero mosque. It appeared earlier in the week. I wanted to throw in my two cents’ worth and discovered it was suddenly not there.

This group responded en masse with automatic complaints – “Offensive” or some such thing – that Facebook claims caused an automatic shutdown of that page. The leader of this pack of hounds exulted in his success.

Facebook says it apologized to Palin and she was able to repost her message. Her new post only noted that there had been a glitch. However, Conservatives4Palin gave her Facebook fans a much more detailed explanation of what happened to the page.

We’ve come to an unfortunate pass in American history, where race and politics have become blended. It’s a volatile combination because it enables one side to oppress its opponents with no proof of wrongdoing other than their own sense of offense. Freedom of speech means that an author can express an opinion, regardless of how certain readers may feel about it.

The only proof of racism that the socialists have against Glenn Beck is that he is blond haired and blue-eyed. The only proof of bigotry they have against Sarah Palin is that she opposes building a mosque on the site of a building that was damaged in the 9/11 attacks and will be, in all probability, visible to visitors to the future Ground Zero memorial.

WOR radio commentator John Gambling, speaking in defense of the mosque, asked this morning just how far away it would have to be to satisfy the critics. Far enough away to not be visible. That’s really not so hard amidst the towering buildings of Manhattan. From two blocks away, this thing’s dome would be hard to miss. Only the cultural center is planned for 11 stories. Goodness knows how high the mosque will rise, but no doubt it will be visible beyond the 30 or 40 story building that houses the N.Y. Department of Health on Vesey Street.

Sarah’s message includes information about just what bad news this Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, the sponsor and benefactor of the mosque, is. He refuses to reveal his source of funding. One has only to read the international news to know just what a danger Islam poses to the free world. India, the Philippines, Turkey, Bosnia, France, England, Denmark.

Sarah is bigoted is she, because she doesn’t want to have to wear a hijab someday, give up her driver’s license, or never own a dog again? Those are some of the milder infractions of Islam. New York and America are in a quandary indeed over this mosque. Religious freedom is one of the foundations of our nation (not to mention property rights). The question is: who’s the real threat to that religious freedom?

The American Muslims plead innocence, that they only want peace. Peace pundits tell us we mustn’t judge them. No one watching American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11 knew its course for certain. Officials were helpless to do anything about it. Shoot down a passenger plane when they didn’t know whether it might simply land? No one knew its final destination until it plowed headlong into the North Tower.

We had plenty of warnings all summer long in 2001. We either didn’t heed them or couldn’t do anything about them. We’ve literally had the ton of bricks fall on our heads and we still don’t seem to get it.


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