From Hate Speech To Religion, Why Do So Many On The Left Seem To Get It So Backwards?
As anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis knows, I enjoy tweaking my liberal friends every chance I get. I also go after hate speech and hypocrisy with a vengeance. Neither of those purposes is behind this post. These are real questions. Rational explanations are welcome.
Immediately following the shootings in Tucson, the left attributed the actions of a deranged young man to “right-wing hate speech.” More troubling, many liberals (including high-profile pundits) were specific: Sarah Palin was responsible for the murder of six innocent people, and the critical injury of a widely respected Congresswoman. Left-wing blogs began to call for her assassination and worse. (Cancer and rape for example.) They tell us that the right is culpable; we are responsible for the hateful change of tone in political discourse. While there are certainly loons on both ends of the political spectrum, I have challenged my Democratic friends on numerous occasions to point me to comments from conservative politicians or respected pundits who have said anything close to the recent attacks on Palin, or those wishing Jesse Helms or his grandchildren would die of AIDS.
Why do so many on the left preach to us about tolerance of Muslims and Islam while simultaneously demonstrating blatant intolerance of Christianity? From accusing those of us who object to building a mosque near Ground Zero of bigotry, to Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar’s meltdown when Bill O’Reilly simply said (correctly) that Muslims attacked us on 09/11, the left is quick to rush to Islam’s defense.
The depiction of Jesus Christ submerged in urine is strongly defended as “art” while “In God We Trust” on our currency is opposed. Private prayer in schools is prohibited while the inclusion of Muslim history and Islamic teachings in public school curriculum (for the purpose of “tolerance and understanding”) is allowed.
Equally perplexing to me is why so many atheists are so ANGRY at Christianity. I couldn’t care less that Bill Maher and Christopher Hitchens are atheists, as many on the left are. Their derision, condemnation, and outright hatred towards all things Christian is another matter. What causes these people to feel the need to be so outwardly bitter about Christianity, while being so tolerant of Islam?
Contrary to Spike Lee’s recent comment that “America is the most violent country in the history of the world,” we live in arguably the most forgiving nation on earth. From the rebuilding of Japan and Germany following WWII to present day, Americans are the most forgiving people in the world, without precedent or parallel.
I often wonder what would happen to Sean Penn, Michael Moore, and others like them if they were citizens of Venezuela and made the types of comments about Chavez and his country that they make about President Bush and America. While leftists like Chavez and Ahmadinejad rail against the U.S. constantly, they must be dumbfounded by the tolerance our government displays when America’s left publicly denigrates our country with regularity.
Do you suppose they secretly (and begrudgingly) admire us as a result?
Don’t misunderstand me. I believe the left has the right to say whatever it wants, whenever and wherever it wants to say it. I just wonder if it ever even occurs to liberals who rant against America and the things it stands for how fortunate they are to live in the very country that gives them that right.