Thursday, November 30, 2006

Ellison again

My post about Keith Ellison attracted many stupid comments from lots of stupid people. Typical of the genre is this winner from Herchel Tzeig
Where are all the Libs who worry about Ellison's feelings when they were so terrified that an Evangelical (gasp!) was to be elected as President? Remember all those questions they had for him? Does he believe that all Jews go to hell and such? Will he be able to separate his belief that abortion is bad and obey the constitution?Maybe we can ask the good Congressman what he believes the fate of a Homosexual should be. Maybe we should ask him if he supports the Death Penalty for them. That'll be the day.Damn the facts as long as you feel good and enlightened about yourself, DB. Now excuse me why I hurl my breakfast.
Dear Herschel, as was obvious to anyone with an IQ above 20, my post wasn't about Ellison's feelings. It was about a little thing we call freedom. Keith Elison is allowed to worship any God he likes, and to follow any faith he chooses. In America we support his right to make those choices, and we celebrate the diversity those choices create. If we wants to take the oath of office on a Koran, the only people who get to say anythimg about it are his constiuents, and hopefully they will have the good sense to say nothing at all.

This, by the way, isn't a defense of Ellison, as some other mental midgets thought. Rather, it's a defense of freedom. Jews don't flourish here because of the kind-hearted Christian overlords, as some presume. We flourish here because the country is committed to freedom, to the idea that everyone should be able to live his own life as he sees fit. Wenever this country commits itself to protectiving the perogratives of a minority, it is committing itself to protecting us.

As for the rest of your comment, it's so stupid it drools. Essentially, you're saying that it doesn't matter if Ellison has a legal right to stand on or not, and that it doesn't matter if respecting his choice might help us in the long run. No, in your small mind, all that matters is that he is a Muslim, and therefore our position should be "screw him" no matter the reprecussions.

PS: I think the questions you want to ask Ellison are irrelvant to my point, but good questions all the same. If it turns out Ellison wants to execute gays, I hope his constituents toss him out. Still, I wouldn't deny him his right to take the oath on a Koran, and I'd still think Beck's questions was horrible. See how a good brain can hold lots of unaligned ideas at the same time? You should be zocheh to have one yourself some day.

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