Caught this on AOL’s front page this weekend:
Yep, he drew attention to himself. And that seemed to be his real goal.
And now, I wonder if those sought to define this isolated crackpot as a representative of (fly-over) American will also acknowledge how many Americans, from all weeks of life and both sides of the political spectrum, condemned his (advertised, but not executed) juvenile stunt.
While highlighting this fringe pastor’s stunt, all too many media outlets ignore the violence some radical Muslims foment in their lands. When in 2008, just such an extremist murdered Moshe Nahari, a Jew in his native land of Yemen, “Saeed Al-Ammar, rabbi of the entire Jewish community in Yemen, admitted in press statements that the community had been receiving threats recently by extremists demanding them to leave the country.”
Yet, this story didn’t get much attention in the mainstream media nor do stories about radical Muslims murdering Muslims from other sects of their faith (recent bombing of Shi’ite shrine in Pakistan).
And while our media don’t given such atrocities the attention they give to a lone Florida preacher, our intellectuals and entertainers regularly heap abuse on Christianity in almost rote fashion:
Attacking Christianity is practically an industry unto itself. Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins have become wealthy men attacking the Bible. Entire organizations like the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and state exist to sterilize the public sphere from any acknowledgment of Christianity. In entertainment media, Christians are generally portrayed as hypocrites, bigots, closet perverts, and idiots.
Certainly honor killings, stoning of adulterers, the brutal oppression of women, brutality against gays, and admonitions to murder those of other faiths would rouse the elites to outrage if they were a routine part of Christianity. But our scholars and our media masters are manifestly unwilling to confront these evils when they are a routine aspect of Islam. To illustrate complete reality inversion among elites, one television show, NCIS, dealt with honor killing by turning the killers into Christians. The same television show decided to do an episode about a suicide bomber, who was also made into a Christian.
It seems some folks obsess about some crackpot with a tiny congregation because they really, really want to believe he is representative of all Christians, while frequently ignoring atrocities committed by radical Islamists.
Maybe they just want to give a pass to the “other.”