Saturday, September 11, 2010

Blowing things out of proportion

A story on the Religion News Service website shows why the national news media picks up every little instance in which someone says something against Mohammedans or threatens to do something offensive to them.

"Black Muslims hear echoes of Jim Crow in current furor" is the headline on the story, and the writer uses the New York Ground Zero mosque controversy and the threat by the moronic minister in Florida to burn Korans as evidence that we are now in the midst of a time of bombing of churches and lynching of minorities.

This is nothing more than manipulation of facts to attempt to bring about some sort of social change.

Look at the threat to burn Korans first. A preacher with a congregation smaller than my little country church outside Rolla threatened to burn some Korans. I cannot imagine the national news media flying reporters and cameramen to the Macedonia community north of Rolla to interview pastor Dave about the gospel he preaches every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. The president of the United States wouldn't mention pastor Dave's preaching, bass-playing or singing ability on national TV. Their attitude would be: "Who cares what the preacher of a church where about 60 or so people attend every Sunday morning says or does?"

But the minister of that Gainesville, Fla., church, where about 50 people show up every Sunday to worship, threatens to burn some Korans and we have an international crisis on our hands. Army generals, cabinet members and the president himself fret about it.

Now, they don't fret about the burning of Bibles, the dunking of crucifixes in urine or the burning of American flags. That's all just "free expression." But in our new postmodern culture, we have to watch what we say and do to avoid hurting the feelings of the Moslems.

The Moslems need to learn about American civil liberty.

Now, look at the Ground Zero mosque controversy. I have already posted here that I do not favor prohibiting the Moslems from building their mosque next to the place where Moslem terrorists killed nearly 3,000. I won't say that I "support" the construction of the mosque because I don't. I wish they'd build it somewhere else, but the First Amendment keeps me from opposing it. I figure that if we start banning one religion, then the media, business and government could use that precedent as a way to make it difficult to worship Jesus Christ.

Some people, most of them media loudmouths, have raised some questions about why New Yorkers should "support" the mosque. I think the questions have merit. Liberals always want to encourage dialogue and debate--except in this instance. Any questioning of the appropriateness of a mosque next to the site of terrorism is construed as anti-Moslem sentiment. There are plenty of mosques in New York and no one is seeking to tear them down, and no one is trying to halt construction of all new mosques. There's a question about the appropriateness of ONE mosque, the one near Ground Zero.

To take those questions and magnify them into a return to Jim Crowism is nothing more than manipulation. The same is true about the widespread reporting of a Koran-threatening preacher with 50 in his congregation.

I think it's an attempt to portray all Muslims as victims of a Christian majority.

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