Right Wing Radio Host Hopes NY Mosque is Blown Up
|Sunday, June 13,2010 01:12|
I just discussed the profound double standards in the mainstream media here. Here’s another one: right wing radio host Michael Berry says that he hopes someone blows up a mosque should one be constructed. Remember when the Revolution Muslim clowns posted on some obscure internet forum saying that the producers of South Park might end up being killed? These radical Muslims didn’t say they would kill anyone, or even that they hope for that (although you can and should read between the lines).
Yet, now we have someone who has upped the ante and said that he hopes a mosque is blown up. Imagine the ruckus if a Muslim American leader said that he hopes a church or synagogue should be blown up. The story would go viral, and the mainstream media would whip up a storm of crazy. Meanwhile, Michael Berry says that he hopes a mosque should be blown up, and the story barely gets any coverage whatsoever. It certainly doesn’t evoke a sense of national panic as a similar case would should Revolution Muslim publish a statement saying “we hope such-and-such Jewish synagogue is blown up.”
When Berry asks “what is your real name”, by this he means to say that only people with white names are real Americans. Sorry to say, buddy, but our president is named Barack Hussein Obama. Don’t like that? Then you can leave this country. If you don’t believe in our pluralistic society, then you can go to the Israeli Occupied Territories, the last place on earth where racial apartheid is in place. But here in the U.S., we believe your name can be Barack Hussein Obama, Sanjay Gupta, or Muhammad Ali…and such people are just as American as Bob, Pete, and Michael.
As for his tribalistic response dividing the world into “us vs. them”, this is the same type of mentality exemplified by the jihadists. What do Muslim Americans–many of whom were born and raised in the United States–have to do with what happens in Saudi Arabia? Are all Muslims the Borg? Are they somehow one sentient being? If some Muslims in Saudi Arabia do something then that somehow falls on the shoulders of all Muslim Americans? If some Muslims in Saudi Arabia prevent churches in Saudi Arabia, then Muslim Americans should pay for that and not be allowed to build mosques in America? What is ironic is that this typifies the tu quoque fallacy that Robert Spencer and the rest of the Islamophobic world invokes when questioned about their two-faced hypocrisy.
Glenn Greenwald responded to this “tribalistic response” by pointing out that we wouldn’t fair so well in such an “us vs. them” comparison when it is considered that we are invading at least five Muslim countries, occupying two, launching illegal attacks against others, killing thousands of Muslim civilians, aiding the state of Israel in the enforcement of the most inhumane blockade today, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on and on. If you want the Official List and Score Chart, go ask Usama bin Ladin for it, because he likes tallying up the rights and wrongs of Team Muslim vs. Team Christian, which is the “us vs. them” mentality that is shared by Islamophobes and radical Muslims alike.
Berry’s guest, Tony, is wrong about one thing: Tony is not just as American as Berry. Tony is way more American. This country was founded upon the freedom of religion, which includes the right to build mosques. Michael Berry is quite simply un-American if he can’t understand that.