Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Who Cares if The President is a Muslim?

Media-Crafted Controversy

This is traditionally a bad season for our sensationalistic, controversy driven 24/7 noise machine known as the "news" media. It's mid-August, and Americans are trying to enjoy what's left of summer.

We've unplugged for the summer, so media profits are sagging.  They respond by inventing stuff to get us back and basking in the glow of their corporate-sponsored cliffhangers.

So PEW conducts a poll and a news-hungry media is all over it like a pack of rabid jihadis on a cartoonist.

18% of Americans believe President Obama is a Muslim!

So what???

"If Bush ran the car in the ditch, Obama and the Democrats went on a drunken joy ride and drove it the wrong way down I-70, caused a two-thousand car pileup."

Besides drumming up business for "news" organizations, this also provides a convenient distraction from the ongoing economic catastrophe that has been made worse by Obama and the Pelosicrats.

It also ties in nicely with the Ground Zero Mosque Controversy

Random Question:  How would Michael Bloomberg and our lefty friends feel if the people building this mosque were rabid, unabashed America-haters who openly bragged about receiving Iranian money to build this victory monument?  What if they hated homosexuality and spoke in favor of wife-beating and honor killings?  Would it still be OK for them to build the mosque?  (The answer is yes, the First Amendment doesn't just protect noncontroversial happy talk.)

68% of Americans are opposed to the Ground Zero Mosque

So are 2/3 of us bigots?  Not according to freedom-for-all libertarian David Harsanyi:
There are those who continue to make the facile claim that anyprotest over Park51 is a display in un-American intolerance andcontempt for the Constitution. This position treats criticism offaith—religious institutions and symbols included—as tantamount to"bigotry."
Even a newfound reverencefor religious liberty on the left does not negate our right toprotest and criticize the philosophical disposition of others. Andapplying public pressure in an effort to shut down a project is asAmerican as protesting the arrival of a new Wal-Mart. Religiousinstitutions, as far as I can tell, are not exempted from thesedisputes.

In 2008, thousands of gay-rights activists protested the Mormontemple in Westwood, Calif., for its role in passing Proposition8—the ban on same-sex marriage. This grew into a national protestto undermine the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints—even though not every Mormonwas involved.
I don't recall anti-Mormon protesters being referred to asbigots for targeting religion; it appeared to be just the opposite,in fact.
The left rediscovers religious liberty

So welcome!  Welcome, my lefty friends to the cause of religious freedom!  I assume you will now be crossing the battle lines and locking arms with beleaguered Mormons who have been targeted by leftwing bigots.


A Suburban Voter said...

This is why I love reading this blog. You're a really smart guy. Wish all voters all over the world were the same. We may well have a truly democratic world.

Silverfiddle said...

Thank you, Suburban. I am humbled...

I'm not really that smart, but reading smart libertarians like Harsanyi, Stossel, Sowell and Austrian School thinkers helps.

I'm a religious guy who is worn out by everyone expecting the president to make a big show of jamming up traffic to go to church every sunday, exiting church, Bible in hand for the cameras...

I'm no Obama fan, but his religion and how he practices it is his own business.

Lisa said...

This is a quote that used to be on a thermometer in my Grandparent's home: Not sure about it's relevance here but something in my head triggered it after reading this.

As a Rule,
Man's a fool.
When it's hot,
he wants it cool.
When it's cool,
he wants it hot.
What it is,
he wants it not.

Trestin said...

Yeah I'm not seeing them defending Mormons against gay rage.

I great point about the hpye of the media. oh no not 18%! That means about 80% don't think he is a muslim, right? But, you will never hear that angle because they need ratings. Even Beck waisted time on this poll.

Leticia said...

I don't think he is a Muslim, but definitely a sympathizer and is pushing their agenda.

If you don't agree with the Left-wing Libs then you are a bigot. So, I guess I am. Like I really care.

Grung_e_Gene said...

According to Super Conservative Warrior Dick Cheney, So?

But, as is the Conservative Hypocrites Wont the opinion of americans only matter when those Americans are heterosexual white christians...

Bastiatarian said...

I don't care if Obama or any other president worships lemurs, hunks of wood, or pieces of toast, as long as he keeps his oath to adhere to the Constitution and leaves me alone.

>locking arms with beleaguered Mormons who have been targeted by leftwing bigots

Yeah, I'm definitely not holding my breath for that one! The typical Mormon is everything the American left hates: Conservative/traditional, fiercely independent, ultra-patriotic, staunchly heterosexual, defiantly optimistic, and regularly bathed.

Fredd said...

If he were a Muslim, would we call him a 'Moderate Muslim?'

You know, the kind of Muslim who doesn't agree that women accused of infidelity should be stoned, but rather take the moderate route: beheading - much more humane, you see.

TKZ said...

20% of Americans think there are space aliens among us? Ouch! That doesn't bode well for us Americans, does it?

What religion people think Obama subscribes to is a stupid thing to study. It's not ours to decide. And anyway, we already know: He's a liberation theologist which is almost as scary as him being an undercover muslim.

Bastiatarian said, "The typical Mormon is everything the American left hates: Conservative/traditional, fiercely independent, ultra-patriotic, staunchly heterosexual, defiantly optimistic, and regularly bathed."
Amen to that! :o)

Endo_2011 said...

Maybe Obummer is a space alien....he does have ET ears!

Silverfiddle said...

LOL WMUR! That's the quote of the day!

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