Monday, June 6, 2011

Wiping Our Identity

Our silence in the face of Muslim threats and intimidation is, as Diana West points out, wiping away our identity.


“… The irony here is that as  Jones-the-person was increasingly objectified as a dangerous "nut," Koran-the-object that commands jihad was increasingly enlivened with a uniquely inviolate status.Which brings us to the next installment of our new 9/11 legacy, Derek Fenton. On 9/11 Saturday, Fenton tore pages from a Koran and lit them in front of the planned Ground Zero mosque. According to New York Daily News sources, Fenton said, "he wanted to stand by (America) in a tea party kind of way" by exercising his "right to protest." Police ushered Fenton away but released him without charges.

Come Monday, it was a different story. Constitutional rights aside, New Jersey Transit fired Fenton, ending his 11-year career with the agency for burning those Koran pages (and on his own time), an act which, again, violated not America's law, but Islam's.

Fenton's story repeated itself almost exactly in Australia where, also on Monday, Alex Stewart, a Queensland University of Technology employee, was placed on "indefinite leave" after satirizing mass Koran hysteria in a YouTube video -- now censored -- in which he smoked pages from both the Bible and the Koran.

And on Wednesday, the Seattle Weekly (rather calmly) announced the planned disappearance of its cartoonist Molly Norris, she who once called -- in a cartoon -- May 20 "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day." The paper wrote: "On the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, 'going ghost': moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity."


"Wiping away her identity"? For a cartoon? But this is exactly what Western civilization itself is doing. And that's why all you hear, past those echoing denunciations of the Florida preacher, is ... silence.”  ~  Diana West

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