He is doing it wrong.
In the wake of the Hyatt of Sugarland, TX not wanting to have a bunch of “Radical” (they toss that word around so much, so why not me) anti-Islamic speakers talk at a Tea Party convention, presumably to not negatively impact the corporation’s international image, Pamela Geller and now Joseph Farah have cried foul. Their Free Speech™ haz been violated! Oh NOES!
First and foremost, free speech does not have to be granted on private property. The owner has every right to tell anyone they want to get the hell out of their establishment whenever they so choose (We reserve the right to refuse service). The only caveats are American anti-discrimination laws. While Mr. Farah might feel like he is being discriminated against, it is still perfectly legal to discriminate on the basis of one’s speech being blatantly offensive to persons not inside Farah’s delusional minority. I would recommend going to OWS, but there are Muslims there, so that won’t work. A Park maybe, nope Muslims there do, but now I’m starting to digress.
Now, CAIR did call the Hyatt and complain. This is America, people always complain. Religious groups complain when we hold Atheist conventions in “their” area and we complain when speaking venues cancel on atheist speakers. However, we are not so stupid as to cry that our first amendment rights are being violated. Private property is private.
The Article then devolves to the normal WND motto of selling books and pleading for donations and of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory charges of creeping Sharia.
My question is, what has been the extent of Geller’s and Farah’s interaction with actual Muslims? I live, sleep, and eat with them. Some try to kill me with anti-tank hand grenades but, most don’t (every group has their assholes). Most in fact, point out which way the douchebag went for us and tell us to get the bastard (most people don’t want asshole tossing explosives right next to where their children play). I doubt most of them are only acting that way to somehow get in my good graces just to maybe get a green card so they can move to America, slowly crawl up or brutal social latter, and THEN reveal that they are terrorists. We should really buy Farah and Geller tickets to Tunisia. These two assholes need some cultural perspective.
Some of my recent hate mail has been asking, “Why do you support dirty Terrorists (read Muslims) when you “claim” to be an American Soldier?”
My reply to the hater,
I guess that deserves and explanation. I was first attracted to this issue by a brave American Soldier who was born in Baghdad and joined up as a translator after reading stories on the generally shitty quality of contract (thanks TITAN!) translators (i.e. no background checks, unable to speak the language, getting paid by VEN groups to report on our movements). He really was pissed about the creeping Sharia thing. He said it was bullshit. So I looked it up. It was bullshit. Every case where some jackhole has tried to get Sharia implemented in American society, it has been soundly rejected.
So, when I see Christian extremists (read Dominionist) trying to subject secular society to their belief system, whilst members of the same region of political thought (with some overlap) cry bloody murder when Muslims don’t try that had at doing the same, my bullshit meter gets triggered.
American Muslims, don’t either have the desire or the political pull to even think about maybe attempting such a thrust. They are, by and large, decent people. Really, go pray with one sometimes, I have and I am an atheist.
Being an atheist, I have somewhat of an objective viewpoint of this whole exchange. I thankfully don’t have the burden of having the predisposition that “my” version of Yah-whatever is right and therefore good (with the logic running “so the other guy must be bad”). Everything you accuse Muslims of doing is being done far more effectively by Christians. You will bring up the claim, “But they use terrorism”, I say that terrorism or any form of wanton violence is a societal effect that can only be exacerbated by extremist philosophies. The cure for that is stable society, and the vector for such a cure is good governance.
Furthermore, I think you have a lower opinion of our secular America world than I do. America has a great moderating influence on the majority of religious fundies of any faith. You assert that Muslims are bad because in their world they kill people for stupid reasons. I assert that such actions are morally reprehensible, but a strong government can dissuade persons from committing those actions (ie you will get cought by people who will hold you accountable). America is strong enough to resist the Islamic right. Because this conflict of societies brought down upon us by an ever globalizing world will NOT be won on battlefield, it will be won by culture. America is strong enough to moderate damn near anyone, including the Christian and Islamic right.
Assassin “America…Fuck Yea” Actual
(Source: WN to the D)