Monday, February 21, 2005

I can't remember the exact saying, but isn't there one that says believe nothing of what you hear (or read) and only half of what you see. I'll be the first to admit that I have neither the time nor inclination to check absolutely every fact from every statement that I lay down on this blog. However, if you are going to write an inflammatory piece on an organization, regardless of how you feel about them, shouldn't you at least do a cursory examination of what they are about? If for nothing else than to prevent yourself from looking like a total ass.

From Joel Mowbray's article "Worse still, for several months after 9/11, CAIR even refused to condemn Osama bin Laden for the murder of 3,000 Americans"

From Neal's Nuze (Neal Boortz website) "The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemns the Fox show '24,' but Joel Mowbray would like to know why they won't condemn Islamic terrorists?"

From a statement released by CAIR on Sep 16, 2001 "American Muslims unequivocally codemn these vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism"

From a statement released by CAIR on Dec 13, 2001 "For anyone who was not convinced of Osama bin Laden's complicity in the events of September 11, the content of this videotape should remove all doubt. Bin Laden clearly spoke as someone who had foreknowledge of the attacks.

The tape was particularly disturbing for several reasons:

1. Bin Laden seemed to revel in the death and destruction in Washington and New York.

2. He falsely implied that the acts of the hijackers were justified by Islamic beliefs.

3. He made the sickening statement that the attacks "benefited Islam greatly."

As we have stated repeatedly, the tragedy that occurred on September 11 cannot be justified by any cause or religion. We restate our condemnation of those who committed this crime and look forward to seeing the perpetrators brought to justice.

Am I really the only one who after reading a piece like Joel Mowbray's digs a little deeper to make sure I don't spout off idiotic nonsense?


At 12:46 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

Duh, I'm Joel Mowbray, and I'm an asshole...

Another gem of a quote:

"Facts be damned, Fox bowed to CAIR’s scare tactics and agreed to air a public service announcement, with “24” star Kiefer Sutherland directly addressing the camera. Unfortunately, the spot included a line that may not be entirely true: “the American Muslim community stands firmly beside their fellow Americans in denouncing and resisting all forms of terrorism.”"

Is he implying that the American Muslim community is NOT opposed to terrorism? Clearly you can say the larger community does not believe in Islamic fascism even if a few people might be sleeper cells or whatever. And arguing that mosques' libraries have copies of fundamentalists texts and speeches and therefore are anti-American is bordering on the fascism that he condemns. America is about free access to information. Last I saw, my public library had a copy of Mein Kampf. Does that mean the public library is in favor of Nazism? Maybe we should have a big book burning of Mein Kampf and the Islamic texts that Mowbray objects to! Very American!

At 3:04 PM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

Your library has Mein Kampf? What library? Your collegey liberal library?

Anyway, my question to Joel Mowbray is did you even look over the material available on the CAIR website... or did you just parrot what every other conservative pundit was saying? It doesn't take too much perusing of their website to see A LOT of material denouncing terrorism in all forms.

What really was the purpose of his editorial? It seems to me like a non-issue anyway. Fox saw ratings sag for 24 so they decided to weave in a war on terror plot (nothing wrong with that). Muslims were concerned over how they were portrayed on the show (also quite reasonable). As a result, the two sides got together... both agreed on a course of action (public service announcements) and apparently both sides are pleased. Joel Mowbray implies that Fox caved into some sort of violent demands. I just think if you are going to write something like this, at least do a little research. Take like five minutes to look things over. At least then you may not sound like a total jackass.

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

"Amazon hates Jews!"
-Joel Mowbray (not really)

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

" hates America!"
-Joel Mowbray (again, not really)


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