Kathleen Parker is an idiot

Honest. To. God.

This is why plans for the mosque near Ground Zero should be allowed to proceed, if that’s what these Muslims want. We teach tolerance by being tolerant. We can’t insist that our freedom of speech allows us to draw cartoons or produce plays that Muslims find offensive and then demand that they be more sensitive to our feelings.

More to the point, the tolerance we urge the Muslim world to embrace as we exercise our right to free expression, and revel in the glory and the gift of irreverence, is the same we must embrace when Muslims seek to express themselves peacefully.

It’s called capitulation. Muslims tear down our country, and we must allow a mosque to be built in its shadow to show them how tolerant we are? You know what would REALLY demonstrate our tolerance? If we all started wearing burkas. What was it the founder of CAIR said?

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” Ahmad is quoted as saying in 1998. “The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”

Robert Spencer on Parker:

Because this will show Muslims, you see, that they don’t have to start burning things and killing people when something bothers them. Why Kathleen Parker thinks they will follow the example of the despised and weak kuffar is unclear. Whenever Islamic supremacists have been confronted with the fact that Jews and Christians don’t riot and murder over insults to their religion, they respond that that indicates that they don’t care about their religion and aren’t willing to defend it. Islamic supremacists have universally regarded Western tolerance as a sign of weakness, but Kathleen Parker knows it will be different if we tolerate the radically intolerant yet again.

Tolerance is a two-way street. America has “tolerated” muslims; there are now 1,209 mosques in the United States. There are 30 in NYC.

Build the mosque to demonstrate how “tolerant” we are. Then bathe in the irony.

Update:

Jeff says it better than I. Of course.

Once again, the way forward is to call the progressive left out on its cynical, disingenuous premises — to knock aside their strawman arguments in order to reveal the sneering anti-Americanism that defines the face of transnational liberal fascism. When they call for tolerance, ask where is their tolerance for your position or for your hurt; when they scream about reconciliation and moderate Muslim outreach, ask them why “moderate” Muslims would insist on going forward with a project that so clearly rubs at still-fresh national wounds; ask them how a call for a change in venue is an attempt to institute religious oppression — why the venue, as opposed to the right to worship freely, seems to matter most to those making accusations of religious intolerance.

crickets.

And, then of course, a return to the argument that opposing the mosque is tantamount to destroying the Constitution.

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2 Comments on “Kathleen Parker is an idiot”

  1. Steve B Says:

    You know, the funny thing is, right on their websites it talks all about how they are in the business of moving forward, ensuring Muslim interests are not only protected but promoted, pushing Islam into all walks of American life. They even have their “Sharia Index” to see how “well” different societies conform to “ideal” of Sharia law. No, those aren’t scare quotes, that’s really the word they use. Cuz, you know, Sharia law is just such a progressive, forward thinking and FUN ideology.

    These same people talk about how it is “intolerant” of Christians to proselytize and evangelize Muslims, atheists, you name it. But to suggest that Muslims are anything but peace loving flower children interested only in peace, love and joy make you intolerant as well. Despite the fact that the Islamic practice of Dawah is by its very nature aggressively evangelical. It’s basically ask, tell, force or kill.

    This whole mosque thing is a farce. Clearly anyone who was truly interested in peaceful dialogue and building ecumenical bridges across the faiths (Muslims?! Seriously?!!) would not be pursuing such a divisive and confrontational course.

    This is an in-your-face, plain and simple.

  2. Car in Says:

    I read that Steve. I also read their article (posted, from an LA paper, I believe) about the “torture” of an “innocent” Gitmo detainee. Innocent, yet he got us two high level AQ guys, stopped plots, yada yada yada. But he was “low level”, you know.


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