I’m a little behind on both of these “stories” as really they were news last week, though I think they will continue to be issues for a few months, unfortunately.
So, the stories in question:
I know these aren’t links to the original “stories” but they should get you caught up to what I am talking about. So, onward.
Let’s start with the “issue” of building a mosque near ground zero. First of all, why is this an issue? Second of all, why in the hell is this even an issue? To say that it makes me almost foam at the mouth is putting it lightly. The audacity of anyone manufacturing such a psuedo-controversy absolutely drives me up the wall. It’s offensive, hateful and downright disgusting.
How can the same people that claim that September 11th was an attack on our freedom make such a blatant attack on the religious freedoms of others?
Anyone parroting claims that this is “offensive” to the victims is downright silly and blind. Saying a mosque shouldn’t be built near ground zero because the terrorists were of the Islamic faith is like saying you shouldn’t build a church in Pensacola because it might offend the victims of the abortion clinic that was bombed by Christians “as a gift to Jesus.” The logic is irrational. The actions of one small group of fundamentalists do not dictate an entire religion nor do they give anyone an excuse to spread ignorant hate.
Even worse is the logic some are using to defend this “protest.”
This is a direct quote from my local paper’s editorial section:
“Those who support building a mosque near Ground Zero should try building a church near mecca.”
My head slammed into the table so hard I probably left a small crater. I guess we should mirror our religious freedoms off of Saudi Arabia?
But, alas. All of this is irrelevant discussion… because they don’t want to even build a mosque. They want to build a Muslim community center, sort of like a YMCA. Sure, a small center akin to a mosque will exist for praying, but that’s it. Who has the authority to prevent anyone from praying to whom they please? Certainly not a group of bigots who claim to be patriotic as they stomp on the very fabric the country was built on.
Let’s be serious here — strip joints are closer to this “holy ground” than this “mosque” will be. We all know that the only reason this is an issue to begin with is because Americans (specifically Christian ones) are afraid of Muslims. End the issue there and let it die. Of course though, fake controversy brews unstoppable traffic and attention, so the show will go on.
The second story follows another non-issue. According to a few Texas representatives a plot is currently in motion by terrorists to bring pregnant women into the country and then have babies who would become US citizens. The children would then be raised outside of America and trained as terrorists. Eventually they would return to the United States to bomb us or otherwise attack us.
Now, if you frequent conspiracy theories and believe that Rube Goldberg machines are the best way to accomplish just about anything, then perhaps this seems quite plausible.
For the rest of us though, it isn’t. Luckily Anderson Cooper is one of those “sound of mind” people that believe evidence is, you know, necessary for this sort of thing. Alas, none was provided. Still, according to these representatives we should be overtaken by terror.
There is one glaring hole in this whole theory though… it’s pointless. Why would terrorists bother waiting 15-20 years for a terrorist-kid to mature enough to be trained and used against us? They’ve had no problems getting people past our borders before and they’ve also had no problem convincing current American citizens to join their fight.
But alas, election time is coming and NATIONAL SECURITY is a pretty huge flag to wave when you need to pick up votes. Not to mention certain networks enjoy running stories like this.
Always be on the look-out for manufactured stories that are passed off as critical bits of information. Chances are if the words “panic” or “fear” are involved… it might be suspicious.
(Also linking this because it seems funny and relevant.)