Oh, William Saletan, you are so close. Just drop the blinding stupidity of political correctness and you’ll be able to write what you should write with real boldness.
Dear Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Jews,
You’re living in the age of the Internet. Your religion will be mocked, and the mockery will find its way to you. Get over it.
If you don’t, what’s happening this week will happen again and again. A couple of idiots with a video camera and an Internet connection will trigger riots across the globe. They’ll bait you into killing one another.
Stop it. Stop following their script.
Here’s the thing. Christians don’t riot when their religion, whichever Christian religion they practice, is mocked. If we did, Hollywood would have burned decades ago and Broadway would be a ruin after “The Book of Mormon” opened in its first theater. Jews don’t march in the streets when someone mocks their faith, or even their very existence. I know this because the faithful Jews of New York City didn’t shut down the whole town when Holocaust-denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with our government’s permission, spoke at the United Nations last year. Hindus don’t…
…come on, people. Do you really believe a Hindu would riot over a video? Ever? I know a couple Hindu folks and the thought that they would take to the streets to rampage, burn, and kill over anything less than a mass slaughter of their own is laughable. If the religious of this nation were as twitchy about insults to their faith as Muslims of the world are about insults to theirs, Bill Maher would be dead right now, or living somewhere far, far from other human beings under an assumed name. That he can make his bilious, blasphemous, bigoted show every week and beam it to millions of homes is a testament to the deep tolerance of the American people and the immeasurable power of our First Amendment. It’s painfully obvious to me that Saletan doesn’t know a single devout Christian, observant Jew, or faithful Hindu just as he doesn’t know a serious Muslim of the sort that, right now, is burning buildings and spewing hate from every orifice like a perfect Fountain of Rage.
I assume William Saletan is an intelligent man, with at least enough upstairs to be able to tie his shoes and whang on a keyboard until intelligible sentences happen. I also assume that because he is intelligent, he knows that Jews don’t riot, Christians don’t slaughter Ambassadors, and Hindus don’t drive authors and newspaper publishers into hiding. So why the mass grouping of all religious people into the Great Bundle of Hyper-Sensitive Maniacs? Simple. He lacks the courage to face the real problem. Islam today is controlled almost entirely by people who want the religion placed on a pedestal far above every other. This is a point I made in the latest episode of The Delivery and it bears repeating here. While there are no doubt millions of otherwise tolerant Muslims living peacefully around the world, they are not in charge of their own religion. They don’t run nations. Their voices are not heard in the halls of the United Nations of the Oval Office. Because they exist largely unseen and unheard, they are used as dupes to justify purposeful bloodshed in service of an ideology anathema to every civilized human being on the planet.
Make no mistake here, folks. Muslims are not rioting today because of a video. They are rioting because other Muslims, who want us all to live in a Muslim-ruled world that does not respect leave and liberty have convinced them they are hated and insulted. The attacks of the past couple days were not spur of the moment affairs. They were planned and carried out with great precision. The murder our of Ambassador and good men who served with him was the culmination of months of attacks our government pointedly ignored. The video, like communism in the movie Clue, is a red herring. Ace nailed the real reason the MSM and the Obama administration have focused on the video about which none of us had ever heard before last Thursday. It is a dodge. A hustle. A distraction to keep us from examining his stunning failures and the growing evidence that when it comes to foreign policy, Barack Obama has no plan, no goal, and no clue and he’s likely to get someone else killed.
Thus far, the Democrats have gulled Mr. Saletan into carrying their water, not for a better world, but so they can soak up a little more political power. To him I say, “Stop it. Stop following their script”.