Monday, August 23, 2010

"Confederate" Beck agrees with iman whom he smears, undermines national security

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On August 17, 2010, in his opening remarks, Glenn Beck asked "Who agrees with building the mosque?" He then played a clip of an unnamed "senior leader of Hamas" (we were told) supporting the building of mosques. In fact, a number of conservatives have come out in favor of the First Amendment over the will of the majority. Cherry picking facts is just one way that Beck deceives his viewers, and this was just another example.

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Beck long ago smeared Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man who would be the iman inside of the proposed cultural center, Park 51, in lower Manhattan. On 9/30/2001, Beck said:

He also said quote "I wouldn't say the United States deserved what happened on 9-11, but the United States' policies were an accessory to the crime that happened."

Beck took Rhauf out of context which is one way that Beck deceives his listeners. At the time Rauf continued "We in this country ally ourselves with repressive regimes in many of these countries." Earlier this year on April 15, Beck described his views about 9-11:

When people said they hate us. Well, did we deserve 9-11? No. But were we minding our business? No. Were we in bed with dictators and abandon our values and principles? Yes. That causes problems.

So Beck and Rauf seem to be in agreement about this now even if Beck was not thinking like this in the aftermath of the attack nine years ago. Still, that didn't stop Beck's deceptive claim on this Tuesday's show that the Park 51 mosque will be "run by a potentially radical nut job." This "nut job" is the same man that the Bush Administration sent in a delegation to the Middle East in 2007. The innuendo and baseless claims being made on Fox "News" do not make a known moderate "potentially radical." Beck is once again stoking fears of the "other," of Islam, the new boogie man of the far right.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has come out in solid support for building Park 51. According to polls that Beck cites, over a third of Americans support the building of the Islamic Cultural Center at 51 Park Place. The idea that Ground Zero is "sacred ground" that must not be desecrated has been debunked by Bob Cesca. He has pointed out that "there's going to be a shopping mall literally in the ground of Ground Zero. 'Below-grade' means 'in the ground.' The Ground. In other words, [Glenn Beck] and [his] entire gaggle of various babies and ghost writers can visit Ground Zero and honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 while trying on tankinis at Juicy Couture (or whatever clothing stores end up there) constructed within the actual ground of Ground Zero." Then again, for Glenn Beck, commercial activities are "sacred."

So who else supports building of Park 51 or disdains the opposition to the building of the Mosque in lower Manhattan besides the Hamas leader that Beck pointed to? From WaPo"The support for criticizing a mosque is half a mile wide and an inch deep," conservative activist Grover Norquist warned. "And at the end of the process, the only people who will remember it are the people who feel threatened by this -- not just Muslims, but Sikhs, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Mormons." In other words the far right opposition from Beck and others is not helping America's image. It serves to re-enforce negative views of America by some Muslims, particularly in the Middle East, to enhance Al-Quida's recruitment and ultimately undermines American security. As one blogger states: "We will reap a bitter harvest from what the politicians of the Confederacy are sowing today. You can bet on it."

Aside from Glenn Beck and other rabble rousers of the far right, there are deep and emotional concerns that many, who oppose this Cultural Center, have. They do not have the Constitution on their side, but can and should their concerns be addressed? Is there some middle ground to explore regarding the location of the proposed center. Governor Howard Dean thinks so, and he made his case on Countdown With Keith Olbermann on August 19th:

With the ever-growing polarization of Americans on the left - led by MSNBC - and the right - led by Fox "News" - there are not enough ideas put forth on either network that seek out a middle ground. For this Governor Dean is to be commended. Beck and others on the far right, who are exploiting this issue for political and/or demagogic reasons, need to be loudly and clearly chastised and marginalized for the clear reasons that 1) it's a local issue for NYC and far more importantly 2) their bigotry and/or xenophobia undermines U.S. national security.
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