WHO’S RESPONSBILE FOR THE CHARLIE HEBDO KILLINGS?
IF YOU THOUGHT IT WAS FOUR RELIGIOUS RADICALS, YOU WOULD BE WRONG.
Was indulging in my self-imposed torture period this morning, watching Fox and Friends, in order to keep up with the latest right wing mutterings. Now, I thought that the massacre in France was cased by a group of four religious radicals who were taking revenge for Charlie Hebdo’s publication of cartoons denigrating Mohammad. But, as it turns out I was wrong. According to Fox and Friends:
BREAKING NEWS: OBAMA IS THE CASUE OF THE PARIS TERRORIT MASSACRE!
You know, it is so tempting to just ignore Fox’s radical, racist anti-Obama rants. But given the vast audience the program has and what appears to be its vast influence over too large a portion of the American public, I can’t let this junk pass without response. What Fox apparently doesn’t realize is that under France’s laws that criminalize free speech, Fox could be hauled into a French court and convicted of hate crimes for any number of their anti-Obama, anti-Muslim blatherings. Think it couldn’t happen? Think again. For example, to deny the Holocaust in France is a crime. Brigitte Bardot was convicted for writing a letter to the then- Interior Minister Sarkozy complaining that Muslims and homosexuals were ruining France. Fashion icon John Galliano was convicted of making anti-Semitic remarks against three people in a café. You get the point?
And yet, Fox News lays one of the worst terrorist attacks of late as a result of Obama’s “Political Correctness,” for not calling Islam a radical, terrorist religion whose adherents are all terrorists out to take over the world. If this nonsense had been broadcast in France, Fox would wind up in front of a French Judge for such remarks toute d'suite! Fox accuses Obama of political correctness, not daring to speak of Islam or Muslims, not condemning religious radicals, for not publically and forcefully speaking against religious terrorism and a host of other related sins.
REALITY CHECK: Here’s some excerpts from the United Nations’ speech he gave yesterday, what Obama actually said as opposed to Fox’s made up shit:
A central theme of President Obama’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday is that Muslims have a special responsibility to fight radical Islam and redeem their religion from a scourge. Here is some of that message:
It is time for the world — especially Muslim communities — to explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of organizations like al Qaeda and ISIL….
It is one of the tasks of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, multicultural world. No children are born hating, and no children — anywhere — should be educated to hate other people…
All religions have been attacked by extremists from within at some point, and all people of faith have a responsibility to lift up the value at the heart of all great religions: Do unto thy neighbor as you would do — you would have done unto yourself…
Here he put special responsibility on Muslims:
The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed and confronted and refuted in the light of day. Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies — Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose: “We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace.” Look at the young British Muslims who responded to terrorist propaganda by starting the “NotInMyName” campaign, declaring, “ISIS is hiding behind a false Islam.” …
The countries of the Arab and Muslim world must focus on the extraordinary potential of their people — especially the youth.
And here I’d like to speak directly to young people across the Muslim world. You come from a great tradition that stands for education, not ignorance; innovation, not destruction; the dignity of life, not murder. Those who call you away from this path are betraying this tradition, not defending it.
Now I’m not sure what Fox would call a speech before the UN, but that venue is not exactly a private chat in the White House with his staff members. But then I assume they didn’t catch his speech or why would they say he doesn’t speak out? That he is too “PC”? Me? I would love to have the FCC revoke Fox’s broadcast license for lying over the public airwaves. But unlike in France, free speech here is a bit more “flexible” thanks, in no small part, to the Supreme Court who said that Fox has the free speech right to lie to the public over the public airwaves. Too bad for us.