This guy’s church has only 50 members. Had the media not tripped all over themselves to give this fraud publicity for the sake of a sensational story, few outside of those 50 wingnuts would have ever known about “Burn a Koran Day”. Now it’s an international incident which is likely to provoke more militant aggression towards our country and it’s troops. When are we going to demand more from our journalists?
The Anti-Defamation League on it’s opposition to the construction of an Islamic community center in Manhattan: Proponents of the Islamic Center may have every right to build at this site, and may even have chosen the site to send a positive message about Islam. The bigotry some have expressed in attacking them is unfair, and wrong. But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain –unnecessarily — and that is not right. Boing Boing’s Rob Beschizza: Perhaps the Anti-Defamation League could produce some helpful maps to delineate the areas in our cities where Muslims may live, work and pray without causing more pain.
‘Apache Trail‘, by Chaval Brasil on Flickr An article that expresses approximately how I have been feeling about this immigration debacle: On the heels of all this comes Arizona’s latest bout of insanity, a law requiring authorities to determine the legal status of anyone suspected of being undocumented. As a thinking person, I’m appalled by the law and the dark, chaotic forest I fear it’s planted. But as an Arizonan, I’m just as taken aback by the national response to its passage… …From the New York Times to Raúl Grijalva, a Democratic congressman from Tucson, it seems that every liberal with a slight platform (and Shakira) is asking Americans to stop buying Arizonan goods, and to not travel there. The assumption is that what worked for MLK Day will work now. But a boycott is exactly the opposite of what Arizona needs, at least in the long-term. I’ve tried hard, to no avail, to think of any time in which calling a destitute population stupid and making it even poorer has effectively engendered in its people new ways of thinking. Indeed, a boycott might force Arizona legislators to overturn their new law–which 70 percent of voters supported, by the way–but I think it’s likelier to just frustrate and further impoverish a whole lot of people who are already frustrated, broke, […]
—UPDATE:I just read this one.— Glad to see that opponents of Health Care Reform are acting responsibly: The window smashing at Giffords’ Tucson office occurred a few hours after she voted in favor of health care reform. –Rep. Giffords’ Tucson office vandalized after health care vote (Arizona Daily Star) “A brick was thrown through a window at Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter’s district office in Niagara Falls early Friday. Slaughter’s district stretches from Rochester to the Buffalo area. She has been a key supporter of the health care reform bill passed Sunday by the House.” –Authorities investigate vandalism at Democratic offices in western NY over the weekend (Los Angeles Times) Protesters outside the Capitol hurled epithets at Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) as they left the building after President Obama delivered an 11th-hour speech on behalf of the health care bill. Carson told reporters that protesters yelled “kill the bill,” then used a racial epithet to describe Carson and Lewis, who is a revered figure on both sides of the aisle. According to observers, Frank was confronted by about 100 protesters inside the Longworth House Office Building, where Democrats were huddling for another meeting about the legislation. Some targeted Frank with anti-gay epithets and urged him to vote against the bill. –‘Tea party’ protesters accused of spitting on […]