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WI Editorial: We Can’t Expose Muslim Hate

From Madison, Wisconsin’s Capital Times:

Hate movie night at the Capitol

An editorial  —  3/01/2009 7:37 am

Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders — a politician whose penchant for over-the-top self-promotion exceeds that of past global masters such as Binyamin Netanyahu, Tony Blair and John McCain — has come to Washington as part of a global publicity push for his anti-Islamic film "Fitna."

Wilders, the leader of the extreme-right Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, has every right to peddle his views in the United States. (British officials embarrassed themselves and gave Wilders an immense amount of free publicity when they prevented the Dutch legislator from entering that country on the grounds — as stated by the Home Office — that "the government opposes extremism in all its forms.")

In fact, it is valuable that he is coming, and that his visit is drawing attention.

Because hate festers and grows in the dark, it is important that the Wilders visit should be covered thoroughly by the media, with an eye toward identifying the American politicians who associate with a man who even conservative figures in Holland have denounced as a hatemonger. The Dutch government has disavowed the parliamentarian’s global gallivanting, stating that the screening of this film "serves no purpose other than to cause offence.")

While Wilders should be welcome in America, and his political associations should be well reported, the decision of Arizona Sen. John Kyl to host a private, closed-to-the-media screening Thursday of "Fitna" inside the U.S. Capitol merited denunciation.

Kyl’s move ran the risk of suggesting that the U.S. government endorses, or at the least sympathizes, with those like Wilders who compare Islam with Nazism and propose banning Islamic religious texts.

Were a Muslim member of Congress to sponsor the showing of an anti-Christian film, or a Christian member of Congress to sponsor the showing of an anti-Jewish film, at the building, it would undoubtedly spark an outcry.

The same should go for Kyl’s movie screening.

As Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison notes: "I am a strong advocate of First Amendment free speech. However, this is not about free speech, but rather an issue of propriety, timing and venue."

Ellison, a member of the House Judiciary Committee who has championed civil liberties protections for those with whom he agrees AND disagrees, wants to be clear. "Senator Kyl has every right to host anyone he chooses," says the Minnesota Democrat. "However it becomes a question of propriety to use the United States Capitol as a venue for the condemnation of an entire religion."

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, argues that "at a time when President Obama has said to the Muslim world, ‘We are ready to initiate a new partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest,’ the showing of a film that denigrates the faith of 1.4 billion of the world’s citizens does not foster mutual respect or mutual interest. At a time when the U.S. should be providing renewed leadership for peace and more understanding between the West and the Muslim world, one has to question the wisdom and judgment of promoting a film that erroneously condemns an entire religion — especially in the U.S. Capitol."

Should Kyl have been barred from screening this creepy film in the cloistered environs of the Capitol’s LBJ Room?

No.

That would only have made Wilders, and his buddy Kyl, free speech martyrs.

But Ellison has done the right thing. He has thoughtfully and frankly criticized Kyl’s choice, and put it in perspective.

Other responsible members of the House and Senate, especially the Arizona senator’s fellow Republicans, should join Ellison in distancing themselves from Kyl and Wilders.

We seldom post editorials here at S&L, especially editorials from newspapers we’ve never heard of – and one which has effectively gone out of business.

But this piece is just so emblematic of the pack mentality that is shared by most of our watchdog media.

And it is so preposterously uninformed as to be almost laughable.

Mr. Wilders’ film quotes the Koran and top Muslim speakers speaking in public.

So if it contains “hate speech” then it is the “hate speech” that appears in the Koran and in the “sermons” of important Islamic Clerics.

But look at what the author of this editorial claims:

Because hate festers and grows in the dark, it is important that the Wilders visit should be covered thoroughly by the media, with an eye toward identifying the American politicians who associate with a man who even conservative figures in Holland have denounced as a hatemonger.

Er, if it is important to cover hate because it festers in the dark, then should not Mr. Wilders be applauded for his efforts?

Or is hate that comes from certain religions and its champions now protected?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

27 Responses to “WI Editorial: We Can’t Expose Muslim Hate”

  1. BillK says:

    An editorial from the ultra-left not even a print pubication anymore Madison, WI Capital Times:

    Hate movie night at the Capitol

    Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders — a politician whose penchant for over-the-top self-promotion exceeds that of past global masters such as Binyamin Netanyahu, Tony Blair and John McCain — has come to Washington as part of a global publicity push for his anti-Islamic film “Fitna.”

    Wilders, the leader of the extreme-right Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, has every right to peddle his views in the United States. (British officials embarrassed themselves and gave Wilders an immense amount of free publicity when they prevented the Dutch legislator from entering that country on the grounds — as stated by the Home Office — that “the government opposes extremism in all its forms.”) …

    http://www.madison.com/tct/opinion/440814

    No surprise, whatsoever.

    As far as a film promoting hate of Christians, isn’t that commonly called the “Nightly News?”

    Or are we now discussing Pelosi’s daughter’s HBO hit piece?

  2. curvyred says:

    I will never understand the lefties pure hatred for Christians while at the same time they are wholly protective of Muslims, it makes not one ounce of sense.

    • Alice L. says:

      It’s simple: the Left is into moral relativism since they want to destroy the family and promote promiscuity and the Judeo-Christian ethic supports family values as well as some absolute values, such as the Ten Commandments. The Left defends Islamofascism, oddly emough, because together they can destroy western civilization. It is like that line in Cabaret: (German noble to Liza Minnelli and Michael York: “Let the Nazis destroy the communists.” Reply by Michael York: “Then who will get rid of the Nazis?” The Left – and the rest of us – will be left with the Islamofascists.

    • GL0120 says:

      Yes, the left wants to destroy America and the values that have made this country great. They see Islam as a means to that end and are so egotistical that they actually believe that they can control Islam after the collapse of western civilization.
      Apparently it doesn’t register with many of these people that they also live a lifestyle which Islam condemns!
      Once Pandora’s box was opened and all the evils escaped they could never be put back; it is the same with Islam.

  3. toxicbrainpoison says:

    there are a lot of christian leftists. I know many of them. Jesus isnt political, people are.

    • Squito says:

      Christian Leftists=Hypocrites

    • jobeth says:

      If you examine the “Christian Lefties” life style and beliefs, you will probably find many of them have abandoned many of the scriptures and “old” church practices.

      There are many Liberal “Christian” church denominations that are really hard to equate to Christianity.

      That is how we get Liberal Christians. By watering down Gods Word to suit a more liberal life style. By Cherry picking what they want to accept and reject in the Bible.

  4. Gladius et Scutum says:

    Rep.Kieth Ellison is relying on the MSM to keep mum about his formerly open and substantive ties to the hate – based Nation of Islam. He was an organizer for the Million Man March and echoed Farrakhan’s message in both word and print.

    In another thread, a poster described Madison, Wisonsin (where this was published) at length. Suffice to say that it resembles a dreary, frozen Berkley.

  5. toxicbrainpoison says:

    Unfortunately many religions use violence to make political points.

    • jrmcdonald says:

      Yeah, we have all seen the Nuns and Monks exploding themselves on school busses…

  6. Gladius et Scutum says:

    I’m starting a fund for victims of Bahai, Buddist, Taoist, Lutheran and Hindu terrorism. Its in a jar on my dresser. So far, there’s nothing in it.

  7. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Geert Wilders is only being tarred and feathered by the MSM because he’s bringing to light the activities of the true hate mongers. The same thing happened to Sara Palin. When the Obama camp cried foul for her attack ads, she replied that she wasn’t attacking the man, she was simply bringing up Obama’s voting record.

  8. 11ten1775 says:

    “But my point is, that the Islam is a totalitarian ideology that should be compared not so much with other religions but with other totalitarian ideologies — like communism or fascism.”
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,499408,00.html
    This was Geert in his interview with Glen Beck. The world needs more people who will stand up in say this – men like Churchill. Thought that quote from him was great… More of his thoughts here:

    http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/read_churchill_islam.html

  9. canary says:

    Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, argues that “at a time when President Obama has said to the Muslim world, ‘We are ready to initiate a new partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest,’ the showing of a film that denigrates the faith of 1.4 billion of the world’s citizens does not foster mutual respect or mutual interest. At a time when the U.S. should be providing renewed leadership for peace and more understanding between the West and the Muslim world, one has to question the wisdom and judgment of promoting a film that erroneously condemns an entire religion — especially in the U.S. Capitol.”

    Well, considering Obama bombing the heck out of Afganistan, and warning to go to Iran starting from Democratic primaries, and doing away with genocide, I think this film would help American’s understand what Obama is doing such as he has been warning Iran for some time now. If Muslims are offended, and come out shooting and rioting, then we will know the bad ones in this country, do something about it, and make this country safer. Save the environment ya know.

  10. pdsand says:

    “While Wilders should be welcome in America, and his political associations should be well reported, the decision of Arizona Sen. John Kyl to host a private, closed-to-the-media screening Thursday of “Fitna” inside the U.S. Capitol merited denunciation.”
    Isn’t all this guilt by association? Oh yeah that’s right, the President can’t be denounced for attending church all those years with a raving racist, but John Kyl can be for this.

  11. pdsand says:

    “Because hate festers and grows in the dark, it is important that the Wilders visit should be covered thoroughly by the media, with an eye toward identifying the American politicians who associate with a man who even conservative figures in Holland have denounced as a hatemonger.”
    I thought it was the media’s job to report the news in an unbia…
    Sorry, even I couldn’t keep a straight face for that one.

  12. sheehanjihad says:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2212662/ Read this anyway. It fits.

  13. sheehanjihad says:

    This is a golden opportunity to ask Al Qaida’s Amir of Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen, Shaikh Mukhtar Abdul Rahman Abu Zubayr literally any question you want to ask him, and he says it will be answered. Follow the simple rules if you wish to play, and remember to create a fake email address for the soon to follow fatwa if I know most of you. The good Dr. could go and debate these folks for some proof instead of pestering everyone here.

    Anyway, have some fun, this makes “Ask the Imam” look like a walk in the park. Remember, have your firewalls working!! And use a disposable email address. These puppies are playing for keeps!

    http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://www.kataaib.info/suaalo.php

    • dulcimergrl says:

      Holey moley! Just reading the guy’s name gives me a headache! I think I’ll pass on asking a question…

    • sheehanjihad says:

      You guys just HAVE to post a question to this clueless muslim extremist….if you can stomach quotes from the koran as answers that is….evidently, any question that deals with Islam’s insistence on murdering the world’s population is carefully sidelined….but if you are persistent, you can really piss this guy off. I am waiting for my inevitable fatwa here shortly….mainly because I just issued on on him. It’s kinda fun though, he’s got the mindset of a 12 year old at a Jonas Brothers Concert……

    • oldswimcoach says:

      So if I were to ask if sex with nine year olds was better than sex with older women (say 13 or 14) do you think I would get an answer?

    • oldswimcoach says:

      My last comment is of course refering to sex within marriage – you can have up to 4 wives after all.

  14. joeblough says:

    Yes, yes, the 5th columnists and traitors generally are grumbling and complaining.

    It will get worse before it gets better.

    Screw ’em.

  15. canary says:

    A time to hate, a time to love. It’s time to hate Islamic Terrorism. This is America. We had a right to say what we think of Islamic Extremists. If everyone can say what they want about everything else we discuss in this country. It’s time to expose this stuff. Loud, clear, and ongoing. If we can talk about alarming issues in this country, global warming scare tactics. voilence, gangs, violence, schools, Christianity, politics, whatever, then we can talk about Islamic extremists, and terrorists in this country, that might destroy this country. If they don’t like it, they can leave America. It time to crack down on the Civil Rights Liberty Union. They always speak for the worst scum in the country. They should be sued for discrimination, in that they only represent the most violent people in this country.

    Homeland Security National Terror Alert Response Centerhttp://www.nationalterroralert.com/tons of fertilizer stolen, muslim activity running rampent. Irans’ latest nuclear power National Terror Alert. FBI cuts off all communciation with the CAIR Council on American Islamic Relations after find it’s leaders funneling money to terroirst http://www.nationalterroralert.com/updates/2009/01/29/cairs-hamas-ties-prompt-fbi-to-cut-off-communication/

  16. wardmama4 says:

    with an eye toward identifying the American politicians who associate with a man

    This terrifies me more than any other drivel in the article – isn’t this exactly what the Left has railed on ad nauseum about Joseph McCarthy – guilt by association?

    Made all the more scary – since it is a private screening – beware these thugs in power right now are going to use intimidation, fear and threats to inch by inch install the ‘fairness’ doctrine and other ways to silence all who don’t agree with them.

    I’ve seen Fitna – and as pointed out – Wilders simply used their own words – however is that ‘hate’ speech?!?

    Someone – hint, hint so called ‘journalists’ – might want to ask if this film really does go so far as -‘the condemnation of an entire religion.’ Or might it not be any more than a documentary akin to those on Jeff’s Group in TX or those done on Westboro Baptist Church or even those done on (the not so right) Rev Wright – how are those any more ‘the condemnation of an entire religion’? And why aren’t you oh so high and mighty (and unbiased) journalists – pointing that out?

  17. brad says:

    Louis Farrakhan sure got a lot of money touring universities promoting his hate, and what did the left say? “We must protect freedom of speech, no matter how we personally feel about the content…..yadda yadda yadda…..”

    Basically, hate whitey = “protecting free speech.” Not hating whitey is about “…….propriety, timing and venue.”

    Hypocrites!

  18. decius says:

    Do I understand correctly in that the vast majority of the readers support the screening of a hate film in the US Capitol as “proper, well timed, and correctly located”? Would you support a similar film based on hatred of the Christian religion that quoted out-of-context Old Testament verses where prominent Jews were ordered to, and agreed to perform human sacrifices? Would you accept the interviews with and quotes Grand High Wizards and Dragons of the KKK as representing Christianity?

    Is it our collective memory that is failing, or pattern recognition? You are becoming the xenophobic militants imposing your “morality” on others. How long before internment camps, forced relocation, and mass murder of others based on their culture return to America’s soil?

    I will do everything in my power to see that it does not happen in my lifetime.


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