Saturday, August 28, 2010

Are you a Park51 bigot?

Definition of BIGOT
: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance


Opposed to the Park51 Mosque? Ok, that's fine. You're entitled. But perhaps you've been reading this blog, and others, and have grown concerned that your opposition to the mosque means you're a bigot. Well, I'm here to tell you that's not necessarily so: You can be definitely be opposed to the mosque without being a bigot.  I want to be clear about this: Not every mosque opponent is a bigot.

However, some are. Here's a simple test you can use to determine if your mosque-opposition is rooted in bigotry.

Answer yes or no to the following questions:

1. Do you realize the mosque is 2 long city blocks away from Ground Zero?
2. Are you aware that the Ground Zero is not visible from the construction site?
3. Are you aware that the mosque won't be the tallest building in the neighborhood?
4. Did you know that the neighborhood already has 2 mosques? (and several strip clubs!)
5. Are you aware the "mosque" is really more like a community center, boasting a swimming pool and other facilities that will be open to Muslims and non-Muslims alike?
6. Did you know that in 2006 Glen Beck conceded that Iman Rauf is a "good Muslim"  See his friendly conversation with the Imam here:

7. Did you know that Laura Ingraham supported the project in 2009? See her fawning interview with the Imam's wife below:
repeatedly condemned violence and militants

9. Are you aware that Rauf says in his books that the U.S political structure is already Sharia compliant? (thus the charge that he wants America "to become" Sharia compliant is false)

10. Did you know that Fox's second largest shareholder is one of Rauf's top funders? (He's the guy FOX news accuses in hushed tones of being a "terror funder." Yes, in reality the scary Arab terror funder is one of their owners) (Typical FOX lies)

11. Were you aware that what Raud actually said about 9/11 was this "I wouldn't say the United States deserved what happened on 9-11, but the United States' policies were an accessory to the crime that happened." and that Glen Beck said this: "When people said they hate us, well, did we deserve 9-11? No. But were we minding our business? No. Were we in bed with dictators and abandoned our values and principles? Yes. That causes problems." (Really, what's the difference between the two statements? Nothing, right? So why is Rauf the "inflammatory" one?)

If you answered YES to all of these questions and you're STILL against the mosque, well, I'm sorry but you very well might be a bigot. 

EXCEPTION: If your objection is solely based on some nebulous, undefinable, subjective issue like "taste" you're not a bigot. (unless you're of the opinion that every Muslim in the world is an exact clone of the Hamas and Al Queda terrorists in which case you are. See, we don't ask all Jews and Christians to take responsibility for the worst elements of their religions, so its bigotry to make that demand of Muslims. Unless you think Jews, as a community, are responsible for Barush Goldstein, and Christians, as a community, are responsible for abortion clinic bombers, you can't hold 1.5 billion Muslims responsible for their terrorists.)


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