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Dec 24 2013

If It Quacks Like Rosa Parks…

Dammit, I really don’t want to write about that Duck Dynasty douchebag. I really, really don’t. But wingnuts keep saying the most egregiously idiotic things about it and I just have to. But this one will be hard to top. A Republican congressional candidate from Illinois says Phil Robertson is the new Rosa Parks.

Today, Ian Bayne called Phil Robertson, star of the A&E series “Duck Dynasty,” the ‘Rosa Parks’ of our generation.

“In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against persecution of Christians,” said Bayne.

Parks, famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white person, as was the rule of her day, provided inspiration for a movement of equality of black people and white people in America.

“What Parks did was courageous,” said Bayne. “What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.”

Now remember, in that very GQ interview he not only said bigoted things about gay people, he also said that black people were happier back when they were poor and picking cotton before that terrible civil rights movement that Rosa Parks helped spark. This comparison is jaw-droppingly offensive.

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  1. 1
    richardelguru

    “What Parks did was courageous,” said Bayne. “What Mr. Robertson did was cououtrageous….”

    FTFhim.

  2. 2
    Doug Little

    If we can take Robertson’s comments on African Americans being better off in the Jim Crow days at face value then this comment just blew all the irony meters in existence sky high.

  3. 3
    Michael Heath

    In that same GQ article, Phil Robertson asserted that he voted for Mitt Romney rather than Barack Obama because he’d feel safer in Salt Lake City rather than Chicago. For some reason I can’t copy and therefore paste the quote from the GQ page. Here’s a link: http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson?currentPage=2.

    The editor notes in that quote that Mr. Romney isn’t from SLC. The editor should have also noted that all the negative and defectively framed attributes regarding Chicago that are spread by conservatives, many of which are not true, do not necessarily mean those are attributes that apply to President Obama, who didn’t even grow up in Chicago.

    I conclude that Mr. Robertson was unprepared to answer this question and needed to come up with a response other than his actual motivation. The most obvious explanation given other comments he’s made was that there was no way he was going to vote for an uppity nigger. Mr. Robertson, like so many conservative Christians, wants to be somewhat subversive in how he demonstrates his brand of racism where that also appears to be coupled to some obliviousness we typically see from this set of racists about how deep their racism actually is (way more than they admit even to themselves).

    I also learned that the change.org platform now allows petitions to promote conservative Christian lies. In this case that Mr. Robertson’s speech and gun rights are both being infringed upon.

  4. 4
    raven

    Phil Robertson Defends Anti-Gay Comments: ‘All I Did Was Quote From the Scriptures’

    There is all sorts of hate speech and malevolence in the bible. It’s one of the main themes.

    It does say that slaves should obey their masters and advocates abortion in cases of suspected adultery. In Exodus, you can sell your kids as sex slaves for a few bucks.

  5. 5
    marcus

    I grew up in Duck Dickhead country. Robertson is as full of shit as a Christmas goose (and he knows it). It is true that most white people treated black people civilly in their presence. In the South this was just considered good manners. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t despise, hate, and fear them. Cultural and political oppression was absolutely essential to keeping African-Americans in their place. Impoverishment, disenfranchisement, and terror were the tools of that oppression. Robertson is worse than ignorant, he is a fucking liar.

  6. 6
    otrame

    To Bayne, all I can say is

  7. 7
    otrame

    HOW FUCKING DARE YOU.

  8. 8
    dingojack

    Hopefully the difference will be that this douchebag will under rather than at the back of the bus.
    Dingo

  9. 9
    Dr X

    The bigots just can’t appreciate the moral difference between standing against bigotry and standing up for bigotry. In their minds, if a price is paid for the latter, it’s morally equivalent to the former. Astounding that in this day and age, they still can’t comprehend the underlying issue.

  10. 10
    Modusoperandi

    Dr X “The bigots just can’t appreciate the moral difference between standing against bigotry and standing up for bigotry. In their minds, if a price is paid for the latter, it’s morally equivalent to the former. Astounding that in this day and age, they still can’t comprehend the underlying issue.”
    Bigotry inside the Tribe isn’t bigotry; it’s pointing out the Truths® that Liberals don’t want you to hear about.
    Look, we Conservatives aren’t scared of or angry at The Blacks, no matter how many New Black Panthers suppress the White vote or how much free stuff they mooch off the government instead of putting on a suit and going out and getting one of the many many available jobs out there. In fact, we sometimes let them use our bathroom. And we don’t hate The Gays, we simply stand for America’s rock-solid foundation of making sure homos can’t Bring America to Ruin by renting apartments together or destroying our normal marriages.

  11. 11
    bahrfeldt

    Okay, I posted this comment already, but I like the link-

    Like Rafael Edward Cruz, Bailin’ Pailin and the teabags in general, these quackers are as phony as 9-9-9. Here is a link to a display of some of the metamorphosis of the ducklings from one percenter dbags to prowrestling style fake stereotypical hillbillies (swampbillies?) to cash in deeper with the “reality” show.

    http://keep0smiling.blogspot.com/2013/07/duck-dynasty-before-and-after-beards-25.html

  12. 12
    raven

    It’s noteworthy how blatant the racism is getting these days. Open racism is making a comeback along with open hate for most of the US population among the christofascists.

    It’s never gone away of course, but it was considered socially undesirable and a problem in the better circles of society.

    Ephesians 6:5-9
    New International Version (NIV)

    5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

    “All I did was quote the bible.” It doesn’t make slavery good, it makes the bible….wrong.

  13. 13
    dingojack

    What would Jed Clampett think?!?
    :) Dingo

  14. 14
    marcus

    bahrfeldt @ 11 Interesting picture montage.
    For the love of dog people, don’t go down and read the comments. The fawning adulation is apt to make you ill. Must go scrub brain now.

  15. 15
    cptdoom

    @#3 Michael Heath – would that be Romney the idolater, who will face the same fate as gays, according to Mr. Robertson’s god, rather than Obama the Christian? Once again we see the hypocrisy of modern American conservatives, who once branded people like Rosa Parks “troublemakers” back in the day. How (not) surprising.

  16. 16
    Reginald Selkirk

    Michael Heath #3: In that same GQ article, Phil Robertson asserted that he voted for Mitt Romney rather than Barack Obama because he’d feel safer in Salt Lake City rather than Chicago.

    That is FAIL on so many levels. I didn’t know we were required to visit the city that we think our elected president comes from.

  17. 17
    Pierce R. Butler

    Michael Heath @ # 3: For some reason I can’t copy and therefore paste the quote from the GQ page.

    The NoScript addon for Firefox helps with most such situations. Here ya go:

    If I’m lost at three o’clock in a major metropolitan area…I ask myself: Where would I rather be trying to walk with my wife and children? One of the guys who’s running for president is out of Chicago, Illinois, and the other one is from Salt Lake City, Utah. [Editor’s note: Romney is from Boston, not Salt Lake City.] Where would I rather be turned around at three o’clock in the morning? I opted for Salt Lake City. I think it would be safer.

    Where in the US could you find a city more boring to roam at 3 am than Salt Lake?

    Reginald Selkirk @ # 16: I didn’t know we were required to visit the city that we think our elected president comes from.

    Haven’t read the fine print on Obamacare, eh? It starts next year, as part of the Census. Bring your long-form birth certificate.

  18. 18
    tfkreference

    The reference to Salt Lake City is similar to the question that Hitchens said was asked of him: If you were in a strange city, alone at night, and a group of men were approaching you, would you feel more safe or less safe if you knew they were coming from a prayer meeting?

    He responded be listing a number of cities, all starting with B, where he might very well feel less safe: Belfast, Beirut, Basra, Bombay…

  19. 19
    Modusoperandi

    Reginald Selkirk “That is FAIL on so many levels. I didn’t know we were required to visit the city that we think our elected president comes from.”
    Now you’re just being ridiculous. Chicago isn’t even in Kenya.

  20. 20
    tfkreference

    Pierce: nice Christmas reference – subtle and timely.

  21. 21
    Marcus Ranum

    Phil Robertson is the new Rosa Parks.

    I thought he was my new asshole!! That’s just as likely.

  22. 22
    fulcrumx

    Didn’t duckhead say something like he never saw where black people like Rosa Parks were mistreated or unhappy? So, maybe I Robertson’s brain cell it was the white folk who were unhappy and being treated badly back then by having to sit in the front of the bus and Rosa was just trying to help them get better seats in the rear.

  23. 23
    Area Man

    I must’ve said this a million times, but…

    The lynchpin of contemporary American conservatism is the complete moral inversion of society’s downtrodden vs. the powerful and privileged. Hence, Christian conservatives are the victims of gays and secularists, even though the former are the ones with a long history of violence and legal repression against the latter. The rich are the victims of the poor, whites the victims of blacks, men the victims of women, etc. This is how they attempt to preserve and justify unearned privilege. Not by arguing for it in the abstract, which they can’t, but by turning on its head those who win and lose through unfair social arrangements. All it takes to close the loop is an impenetrable shield of historical and cultural ignorance.

  24. 24
    raven

    “What Parks did was courageous,” said Bayne. “What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.”

    It took courage and deep abiding religious faith for 17 Moslems to fly jets into the World Trade Center.

    So what!!!

    The test of whether something is right or worthwhile isn’t courage or faith.

  25. 25
    felidae

    Just one, simple question for the Phil Robertson apologists: if he had included negative comments about the Jews and Israel, would they be as supportive? It’s all about about whose ox be goreth

  26. 26
    Subtract Hominem, a product of Nauseam

    [Editor’s note: Romney is from Boston, not Salt Lake City.]

    Actually, Romney is from the Boston suburb of Belmont, which is best otherwise known for being the site of the McLean psychiatric hostpital: treatment center to the stars and setting of Girl, Interrupted.

    Obama won approximately 2/3 of Belmont’s 2012 vote, according to the Boston Globe.

  27. 27
    chilidog99

    Have any comments on that page gone through moderation yet/

  28. 28
    A Waterchapel

    Raven: Impossible! Courage only comes through Jesus Christ. Islams are cowerds, QED.

  29. 29
    Al Dente

    What would have been brave if Robertson had said he appreciated gays and thought that homophobes who used religion to bash gays were bigots who rejected the word of Christ to love one another.

  30. 30
    Christoph Burschka

    And yet I still think I’ve finally seen the most racist thing Republicans could possibly come up with.

  31. 31
    John Pieret

    Whatcha want to bet that, if Phil got within 10 feet of her, Rosa would have threatened him with a brick.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/02/opinion/blow-rosa-parks-revisited.html?_r=0

  32. 32
    jonathangray

    “… so many of our children are going astray …”

    Sadness and Anger After a Legend Is Mugged

    Her face bruised and her lip swollen, Rosa Parks, the mother of the civil rights movement, seemed more sad than angry today as she quietly described being robbed and beaten in her bedroom here on Tuesday night.

    “I regret very much that some of our people are in such a mental state that they would hurt and rob an older person,” Mrs. Parks said as she sat in living room of her modest, rented home, five blocks from the boulevard named in her honor. “In these times, none of us seem to be safe from this type of treatment and violation by a sick-minded person.”

    Mrs. Parks, who is 81, said her assailant appeared not to recognize her, although she is known throughout the neighborhood. Indeed, her suspected attacker, who made off with less than $100, was known there, too. Based on her description of the suspect, neighbors found and held the man for the police this afternoon.

    Deputy Chief Benny Napoleon said the name of the suspect, who is 28, would not be released until he was charged, probably on Thursday morning. The suspect is likely to be charged with breaking and entering, and assault and battery.

    Mrs. Parks urged people not to read too much into the attack. But inevitably, she reflected on how things had changed since 1955, when she sat down on a Montgomery, Ala., bus and in her soft but firm voice said she would not yield her seat to a white man, setting off a 381-day bus boycott and a revolution against Jim Crow law. ‘Still Have a Long Way to Go’

    “Many gains have been made,” she said, her hands folded in her lap and her hair crossed in two silver braids over her head. “But as you can see, at this time we still have a long way to go and so many of our children are going astray.”

    Mrs. Parks’s neighbors, who said they viewed her not as a celebrity but as a communal grandmother — a source of warm greetings and birthday cards — took a less compassionate tone. To many, the attack was particularly galling because it was apparently committed by a black man.

    “For her to have been a legend, to have paved the way for our race, and yet, the same young man who beat her, she struggled to better his own life,” said James Foster, a 70-year-old neighbor. “It’s outrageous.”

    Mrs. Parks said the attack left her fearful for the first time on the tidy, West Side block where she has lived for six years.

    Mrs. Parks’s lawyer, Gregory J. Reed, said she would spend the night in a temporary room in a gated, guarded apartment complex downtown, then move into an apartment there when one becomes available.

    Mrs. Parks moved to Detroit in 1957, after her role in the Montgomery bus boycott made it impossible for her to find work there, Mr. Reed said.

    Mrs. Parks continued working as a seamstress, then joined the staff of Representative John Conyers Jr., Democrat of Michigan, in 1965, retiring in 1988, said her executive assistant, Elaine Steele. Her husband, Raymond, died in 1979. In the 80′s, Mrs. Parks founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development to help the city’s children. Mayor Is Outraged

    In a statement from Martha’s Vineyard, where he is vacationing, Mayor Dennis W. Archer said: “I personally and deeply resent any of our citizens’ being assaulted and becoming victims of crime. It is more insulting when Rosa Parks, who sat down to give us an equal opportunity to compete, becomes a victim of crime in her own home.”

    Several of Mrs. Parks’s neighbors worried that news of the attack would further damage Detroit’s tattered reputation, just as the first signs of a turnaround are appearing. “We’re starting to change, and this is just going to drag us down,” Derek Shirley, 26 said. “For something to happen to a lady that did so much for the black cause — that ain’t right.”

    - New York Times

    “… we are lost …”

    In America; Mrs. Parks’s Bequest

    Things are not likely to get much worse. There isn’t much that’s worse than a society that pretends to be civilized and free while brutalizing its elders and slaughtering its young.

    Early last week came the astonishing news that a black man had put his hands on Rosa Parks. Some moral cipher, reeking of alcohol, had invaded the home of the 81-year-old mother of the civil rights movement, had pummeled her until she gave up her money and then fled, leaving her bruised and shaken but no less stoic and dignified than in 1955 when a bus driver in Montgomery, Ala., told her to get up and give her seat to a white person and she softly replied no, there will be no more of that.

    Our grief and our shame are the residue of the lessons we have managed not to learn from Mrs. Parks. We bought into her defiance. Oh yes, we liked that so much we made it fashionable. By the mid-60′s defiance had swept the land. But we never mastered the inner strength, the core values and the self-respect that gave the defiance of Mrs. Parks such power.

    The consequences have been tragic in the extreme. Last week came the no longer astonishing news that a 14-year-old girl on Chicago’s South Side had been murdered by an 11-year-old boy. He was then murdered himself, apparently by members of his own gang.

    We are in the dark night of the post-civil rights era. The wars against segregation have been won, but we are lost. With the violence and degradation into which so many of our people have fallen, we have disgraced the legacy of Rosa Parks.

    “I had never been hit in that manner in my life,” Mrs. Parks said last week. It was a comment that once would have been inconceivable. “I was screaming,” she said, “and trying to ask him not to hit me.”

    On that December afternoon in Montgomery nearly 40 years ago Mrs. Parks remained seated in the face of the exasperated glare of bus driver J. P. Blake. She remained seated even as three less-courageous African-Americans dutifully rose and shuffled off to stand in the rear of the crowded bus. She remained seated as the nearly apoplectic Mr. Blake went off in search of a policeman to arrest her.

    Mrs. Parks knew that she, personally, would reap only grief from her defiance. But she fought for the generations that were coming behind her. Her bequest has been perverted. She did not fight so those future generations would be free to ingest endless tons of dope, to populate the nation’s streets with armies of all-but-abandoned children, or to engage in a spectacular orgy of killing in which the vast majority of the victims just happen to be other African-Americans, many of them infants and children.

    After she was attacked last week, Mrs. Parks said, “In these times none of us seems to be safe from this type of treatment and violation by a sick-minded person. . . . we still have a long way to go, and so many of our children are going astray.”

    Anyone who believes that violence and degradation are limited to African-Americans is deluded. America has searched but never yet found a way to confine its evils to the ghetto. So we have white children killing white children, and we have a crazy man with a rifle committing murder in Rockefeller Center, and in general we have a society drenched in violence, physical and otherwise. But the problems at the moment are most acute and most deadly among African-Americans. The most effective solutions will have to come from African-Americans.

    When Rosa Parks decided, beneath the looming presence of J. P. Blake, that she had had enough, she taught the entire country a lesson. Now it is time for new leadership to arise and say, again, enough. It is time to grab the felons and the freaks and let them know in the most forceful terms possible that they will not be allowed to capture the soul of black America.

    That is the primary challenge of the next phase of the civil rights movement. It is the way to recapture the high ground, to salvage the children and to teach the country once again a great and valuable lesson.

    - New York Times

  33. 33
    grumpyoldfart

    “What Mr. Robertson did was courageous too.”

    And millions of Christians are nodding their heads and telling other, “True, true.”

  34. 34
    Matt G

    @18- if they were coming from a prayer meeting they would likely be armed….

  35. 35
    Chiroptera

    Okay, so are the Republicans still trying to “reach out” to minority voters, or are they finally admitting that they actually don’t really care?

  36. 36
    Ichthyic

    Things are not likely to get much worse. There isn’t much that’s worse than a society that pretends to be civilized and free while brutalizing its elders and slaughtering its young.

    that happened in 1994.

    ask yourself: are things better, or worse now?

    I wonder what the author of the original article thinks.

  37. 37
    Doc Bill

    Another opinionated, self-important, right-wing, “Christian” douchebag and in other news dog bites man.

    Some redneck. Bachelor’s in physical education and Masters in education.

    Not exactly swamp people, he’s a businessman and reality show “poseur.” He’s nothing but a bullshitter and why he gets any air time is beyond me. But, I can’t explain Sarah Palin either!

  38. 38
    democommie

    I see that Cracker Barrel’s abject apology was played up on the networks last night. The Robertson’s, “swampbilly” schtick is bullshit, the racism is all too real.

    Dear Johnnyboy Grayslime:

    Fuck off and die you racist piece-of-shit.

  39. 39
    jonathangray

    Ichthyic:

    that happened in 1994.

    ask yourself: are things better, or worse now?

    Well since then “strayed children” have perpetrated the Little Rock rape/murder, the Kansas gasoline dousing, the Wichita Massacre and the Knoxville Horror. Not to mention the Baltimore street beating and the Millburn home invasion (both on YouTube!). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. One can’t help suspect that if acts of comparable savagery were being regularly committed by whites against blacks in modern America they would dominate the MSM for months on end, prompting anguished, breast-beating calls for a ‘national conversation’ from the POTUS on down.

    Of course the institutionally racist media is happy enough to selectively edit George Zimmerman’s call to the police to make it look as if Trayvon Martin was the victim of a hate crime. Just as the same the institutionally racist media invariably employs the blandly non-descriptive term “youths” whenever gangs of blacks or Muslims go on the rampage. (When one news report broke with convention and referred to “teens”, a commentator drolly remarked: “Everyone knows ‘teens’ is just a euphemism for ‘youths’!”)

    (Hatefacts. Trigger warning for reality failing to show a liberal bias.)

  40. 40
    jonathangray

    democommie:

    Fuck off and die you racist piece-of-shit.

    Ho ho ho!

  41. 41
    zenlike

    jonathangrey:

    Of course the institutionally racist media is happy enough to

    Really, the media is racist against whites now? Up is down, black is white, war is piece, freedom is slavery.

    Just fuck of you racist pos.

  42. 42
    zenlike

    Hey jonny, I also see that you took that biased* flyer from some really disturbing white power racist website. Why don’t you just come out and say you really hate those blacks? We now you want to…

    * That part about poverty is really one of the most bullshit things I’ve ever seen. Also, the flyer seems to omit quite a large range of crimes, not by accident crimes in which the perps are disproportionally white.

  43. 43
    fifthdentist

    If Phil wants to be a courageous Christian, he can go hand out New Testaments in downtown Riyadh.

  44. 44
    dingojack

    Go ahead Jonny – for every black guy you can show was arrested, I can show you 2.463+ white guys arrested.
    Don’t believe me? Ask the FBI (you know an actually creditable source).
    But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of your nice race-based ‘two minute hate’.
    Dingo
    ——–
    In two categories (murder/manslaughter & robbery) blacks are higher (by less than 5 percentage points), in one (gambling) they are higher by about 30 percentage points, all others Whites out perform Blacks by around 2 to 1 (Whites out performed Blacks in alcohol-based offences by over 70 percentage points!)

  45. 45
    hunter

    I hate to admit it, but even Illinois has a few wingnuts scattered here and there. Fortunately, they generally don’t last very long in any public capacity.

    And what Mr. Duck said wasn’t particularly courageous. In fact, how courageous could it be when he knows he’ll have the likes of Sarah Palin springing to his defense? (Even if she didn’t read the interview before she opened her big mouth.)

    And I can’t quite shake the feeling that the whole thing was deliberate — I understand their merchandise is flying off the shelf.

  46. 46
    jonathangray

    zenlike:

    Really, the media is racist against whites now? Up is down, black is white, war is piece, freedom is slavery.

    [if you're US] Ever heard of Trayvon Martin? Of course you have. Ever heard of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom? Thought not.

    [if you're UK] Ever heard of Stephen Lawrence? Of course you have. Ever heard of Kriss Donald or Ross Parker? Thought not.

    Just fuck of you racist pos.

    … he argued.

    some really disturbing white power racist website.

    “White power” gives completely the wrong impression (ie neo-Nazi or Klan); that site’s actual position on the political spectrum is more complex.

    Why don’t you just come out and say you really hate those blacks? We now you want to…

    Actually you really, really want me to hate blacks because then you wouldn’t have to hurt your brain by thinking outside the narrow categories imposed by the lords of discourse.

    dingojack:

    for every black guy you can show was arrested, I can show you 2.463+ white guys arrested.

    Yes, but are there 2.463 x as many white guys than black guys in the population?

  47. 47
    dingojack

    You’re the one trying to make an anecdote reported a (totally non-creditable) website as evidence of generalised trend…. you have to prove it, not me.
    Dingo

  48. 48
    jonathangray

    The flyer from that website doesn’t “report an anecdote”; it quotes figures from named crime surveys (uniform and victim).

    The question is not whether whites commit a greater percentage of recorded incidents of a particular crime than blacks. Given that whites constitute a much greater percentage of the population than blacks, it’s only to be expected that there would be a greater overall number of white criminals. The question is whether blacks commit a disproportionate number of crimes given their percentage of the population.

  49. 49
    Evan Brehm

    The guy even has a picture of the two side by side on his webpage, which I’ve included in my own blog post here:

    http://mythbuster43.blogspot.com/2013/12/phil-robertson-rosa-parks-of-our-time.html

    A truly uncanny resemblance, don’t you think?

  50. 50
    Dr X

    Merry Christmas Jonathan. I’m sure the baby Jesus is pleased that you spent the eve and day of his birthday explaining that black people are disproportionately represented among the criminal population. I’m looking forward to your observance of Good Friday and your Easter celebration. Meantime, this post was actually about an utterly stupid comparison of Rosa Parks and with a duck hunter who lost his role on a trashy reality TV show. Oh, the humanity.

  51. 51
    jonathangray

    You’re probably right, but since everyone seems happy to spend the baby Jesus’ birthday contributing to the public vilification of a decent man for speaking his mind, Merry Christmas to you too.

  52. 52
    democommie

    “You’re probably right, but since everyone seems happy to spend the baby Jesus’ birthday contributing to the public vilification of a decent man for speaking his mind,”

    Yeah, Johnyboy; only if your value for “decent” includes being a lying, fucking piece-of-shit racist like yourself could you appreciate that hypocritical and fraudulent racist scum. Here’s hoping you have a shittier life going forward, asshole.

  53. 53
    democommie

    Oh, btw, Johnnyboy. JESUS, baby or otherwise, prolly never existed and he was only “born” on December 25th to co-opt various pagan feast days. Your chosen religion, like all the rest, is based on fantasy to enable you and other racist assholes like you to use it for justifying your racism.

  54. 54
    coffeehound

    You’re probably right, but since everyone seems happy to spend the baby Jesus’ birthday contributing to the public vilification of a decent man for speaking his mind, Merry Christmas to you too.

    Decent is in the eye of the beholder.
    As far as I’m concerned a man who somehow failed to see the racism of his time against an entire people and imply that therefore it didn’t exist is either too stupid to be allowed to use sharp utensils or too dishonest to allow his comments to go unanswered.But since the vilification that seems to trouble you so also falls under other people “speaking their mind” and he has not suffered any worse for the support of mindless dolts who seem to think his right to free speech was somehow abridged, what’s your point?

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