Monday, August 23, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque Protesters only a little bit racist

You might like to check out this footage of a protest at 'Ground Zero' in New York (the site of the 9/11 attacks). The crowd doesn't like the idea of a Mosque being built in the area, one sign says that 'Mosques support Hamas' which is a strong point, well made - even if entirely inaccurate.

Anyway things get interesting when the crowd detect a Muslim in their midsts. One fella in a hard hat tries to have a fight with him, others shout abuse, someone shouts something about pigs ("eat pig" perhaps?) and the man has to be escorted away for his own safety.

The fact that he was a guy named Kenny who happened to be in the area because he's just a carpenter working on the site and not a Muslim counter-protester at all might be regarded as slightly embarrassing. The fact that he appears to be the only black guy in the area might be seen as revealing the the crowd consider lynching him.

On the other hand perhaps he's Bin Laden and the crowd were totally justified, maybe that steward who got himself in between hard hat man and Kenny just destroyed the free world.

Charlie Brooker also has things to say, like the fact that no-one is trying to build a Mosque there. Well, I'm sure these guys are right about something. Don't know what though.

Time magazine on whether America has a Muslim problem.


trencherbone said...

'Religious' tolerance?

The privileges of being classed as religion should be withdrawn from Islam.

If Hitler had claimed that 'Mein Kampf' was dictated by God, would we be forced to tolerate the Nazi Party as a religion? Islam is first and foremost a mind-destroying, totalitarian political ideology that spreads through the Body Politic like a virus.

Winston Churchill gave the correct diagnosis over a century ago, when he compared Islam to a contagious virus or meme - 'as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog'

Consequently, Islam should be reclassified from 'RELIGION' to 'PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM' - a virulent contagious mental illness. It could then be contained by the methods used to prevent the spread of typhoid and other lethal epidemics: enforced exclusion and quarantine of carriers, eradication of foci of infection, immunization of the susceptible population etc.

Anonymous said...

I watched it last night and remember the very clever (not) protesting slogan of 'Mohammed is a pig'.

Jim Jepps said...

Trencherbone: no

earwicga: quite!

Dougie Kinnear said...

One of my Facebook friends recently remarked that the US have been putting ground zeros near Mosques for a long time (or words to that effect).

modernity said...

There's been a great debate on this for some time, and it is worthwhile pointing out how the first Amendment applies here, etc etc

Given the crank Beck's recent trajectory this is all the more amusing:

"Glenn Beck PRAISED 'Good Muslim' Imam Rauf In 2006 (VIDEO)"