On Saturday, a man went on a rampage, killing 6 and injuring 12, in a directed attempt to kill Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Democrat). Congresswoman Giffords is alive but in critical condition.
First of all, let me express my sincere condolences to all who lost a loved one in this assault. Also, I sincerely hope for a recovery of Congresswoman Giffords as she fights for her life.
It would be fantastic if people saw this as what it was: an act of violence in which the perpetrator is to be condemned, for they are violent, and the victims are to be mourned and supported. Unfortunately, this event will get blown up much farther than this. Liberals are frothing at the mouth to hang this assault around the neck of the Tea Party movement.
I have to point out an irony: On September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists killed thousands of people by hijacking planes and crashing them into several American buildings. They fully stated that they did it in the name of Islam.
Yet, after September 11, all of our intellectuals insisted that Islamic ideology had nothing to do with the attack and that Islam is a religion of peace.
But now we have an attack, by one loon, who we know nothing about yet, and so many are attributing it to the allegedly “hateful” and “bigoted” Tea Party ideology.
Why the apology for Islamic ideology—an ideology that has been the stated inspiration of many terrorists across the globe? It is hard to argue that there isn’t “hatred” and “bigotry” among many Islamic groups. The generous evaluation of Islam is particularly awkward when quotes such as this are to be found in the Koran:
Say to the infidels: If they desist from their unbelief, what is now past shall be forgiven them, but if they return to it, they have already before them the doom of the ancients! Fight then against them till strife be at an end, and the religion be all of it God's. If they desist, verily God beholdeth what they do. (Sura 8.38-39)
I have yet to see any such call to violence in any Tea Party literature.
I can almost guarantee that in the coming days, many Tea Party supporters, including myself, will boldly state that they condemn all forms of violence. We have yet to see such a bold and clear statement from Muslim leaders.
Unless the Tea Party movement has organized itself into committing violence against the United States government, and recruited this man, there is absolutely no connection between Saturday’s assault and the Tea Party movement. I expect a statement from our political leaders that says this act of violence was an act of an insane person and that the Tea Party movement, a political movement whose only intent is to alter the fiscal policy of this country, is peaceful.
Healthy debate is vital to a free nation. Tea Party politicians are famously new and no-name politicians, i.e., underdogs, who are winning surprise elections. They are fighting an entrenched establishment—one that has learned how to take an enormous amount of money from the American taxpayer and distribute it to unworthy people and causes. Those getting handouts and freebies don’t like the Tea Party and are bullying them.
It should be concerning that this—the condemnation of the Tea Party but not Islam—is the reaction of so many. The message is that segments of our own society with the “wrong” ideology are murderers—and thus to be condemned, ostracized, and jailed. Stated enemies of our civilization, however, are misunderstood peaceful individuals.
Let it be said: The Tea Party movement is peace. Islam is violence.
January 9, 2011
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Amber is a techie by day and writer by night. Her topics of interest include dating/gender, national security, economics, and education. She is happily married.
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