Come in! Come in!
"If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a Hope-er, a Pray-er, a Magic Bean buyer; if you're a pretender, come sit by my fire. For we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!" -- Shel Silverstein
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Oberman: There is no 'Ground Zero Mosque'
I don't know about you but I am sick unto death of the talk about the "Ground Zero Mosque".
It is an enormous embarrassment to listen to otherwise intelligent people display raw, naked xenophobia.
My friend June sent me the link to this video clip. Keith Oberman's drama is sometimes enough to make me change the channel, but when he's on, he's right on.
And, this time, he's right on.
Give a listen. If you are opposed to Park 51 (formally called "Cordoba Center" but changed because Newt Gingrich - God help us! - said it was a tribute to Muslim's overtaking Christianity in Spain, and we all know that if Ole Newt said it, it must be true, even if it isn't), you don't have to listen. You will probably not be persuaded by this or anything else I could post here, anyway.
Your mind is already made up. God knows, I wouldn't want to disturb you with facts.
If you are supportive of Park 51, please give a listen. Not so you'll have "talking points" in an argument. Not so you'll be further convinced.
Rather, it may give you something to think about when someone you meet prattles on and on and on about why this center should not be built because the Muslim boogie-men will infiltrate our government, brainwash our children, rape our women and run sabers through our babies - six times before breakfast and all before they bomb another building like the Pentagon or the White House.
This is America, damn it.
We have the right to religious freedom.
We also have the right to free speech.
It's just really important to engage your brain before you open your mouth.
Otherwise, you have also have the perfect right to look like a xenophobic idiot.
Here endth the rant.