Reacting to the faux outrage on the part of conservatives in America that by denouncing a reckless anti-Islam film, President Obama was somehow abandoning the value of free speech, I wrote the following for Salon:
A month ago, when an armed man attacked the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., conservatives blamed the fact that the organization had been labeled a “hate group” for inciting the attack. Never mind that the hate group label was intended to condemn the sort of violence that the Family Research Council’s extreme homophobic vitriol encourages. Tony Perkins, head of the FRC, said that groups that labeled his organization a hate group should be “held accountable for their reckless use of terminology.”
But now, when an offensive anti-Islam film promoted by a right-wing Christian preacher is clearly to blame for violent riots spreading thought the Middle East and appeared to have played a role in the death of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, the far right in America is defending extremist rhetoric against Islam and attacking the Obama administration for condemning the inflammatory film.
I hope you’ll read the rest — and join me in marveling at the hypocrisy.
Appearing on Fox News to again defend the idea that religiously affiliated institutions with a primarily non-religious, public purpose should provide affordable contraception to their female employees, I asked the obvious: How come the same Christian extremists who are screaming from the rooftops about Obama imposing democratic laws on “religious freedom” take the exact opposite position when wanting to protect our laws from Islamic Sharia law? Hmmmm….
Here’s the clip:
Gee, have to get better at website upkeep…
Here’s a piece I wrote for Alan Colmes’ Liberland, “Gingrich Fears “Secular” “Islamist” America”.
And here’s one for HyperVocal, “MI’s Reverse Robin Hood: Cut Unemployment, Give Money To Rich“.
In case you missed it, Glenn Beck and others on the Right believe that protests for democracy in Egypt are really (a) being instigated by progressives in America and (b) aimed at creating an Islamic “caliphate” to control the planet. Seriously. No, seriously
Sally gets out her white board… er, in this case, a napkin… to correct Beck’s twisted interpretation of reality.
Please watch and please spread.
After a recent appearance on Fox News, where I discussed the Cordoba House Islamic Cultural Center being planned in lower Manhattan, a friend asked me for a copy of my talking points to equip herself at an upcoming family dinner. I thought you might find my talking points and arguments useful, too. So without further ado:
1. Islam did not bomb the World Trade Center.
2. Imam Rauf (the head of the proposed Cordoba House) is exactly the kind of moderate Muslim who undermines Osama bin Laden most.
3. America was founded on religious freedom and tolerance.
If we throw out our fundamental values, we’re not protecting America — we’re destroying her.
Here’s a clip of me on the Fox News Strategy Room voicing my frustration at the highly un-American controversy surrounding the Cordoba House Islamic Cultural Center planned in lower Manhattan.
If we want to protect America, we have to protect our core values first and foremost. And that includes religious tolerance and freedom.
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