Saturday, November 18, 2006

Sadly, I can believe this.

Now and again, I turn on my TV. It's usually to watch Stewart or Colbert, but occasionally I'll flip aimlessly around the dial hoping to find something interesting, or at the very least the re-run of Cheers in which Woody can't stop buying useless crap from the Home Shopping channel. ("It's noooooooooon!")

We get CNN Headline News here in Toronto, thanks to the all-powerful Ted Rogers. There's a guy that has a show on that channel (didn't that used to be just "all headlines, all the time"? When did they get actual half-hour shows?) named Glenn Beck, and he always comes off as your typical knee-jerk, "what in the heck is the world coming to?", thinking-impaired right-wing "everyman." An example of this was him interviewing some student from some college in California where she's pissed off that some group at her school has wanted to ban the Pledge of Allegiance from meetings of campus clubs:

Glenn Beck: "So, tell me about these people who want to ban the Pledge."
Attractive female college student: "Well, Glenn, they're a group of socialists and communists —"
GB: (shaking head) "It's always those types, isn't it?"*
Afcs: "Yeah, it sure is. They wear berets around campus, and they've written a 'Manifesto on Student Government'."**
GB: "Jeepers... what the heck is going on out there in California?"
Afcs: "Yeah, well, they take offence to the 'under God' piece of the Pledge."***
GB: "That's unbelievable. Just unbelievable. I hope you can get your parents' money back!"

* Last time I checked, it was still perfectly legal to be a socialist or a communist in the US. Perhaps not fashionable, but quite within the bounds of the law.
** What this girl and the beret-clad folks will eventually realize is that student government doesn't mean dick-all.
*** Remember, "under God" was added in the '50s by the likes of McCarthy to fight those damn dirty Red Commies.

Anyway, the Daily Show on Thursday night (which I just got around to seeing on this laziest of Saturdays I've had in a while), there was a whopper of a clip from a recent Glenn Beck show, wherein he was interviewing the first Muslim member of Congress, one Keith Ellison (D-MN), who was elected on November 7th. Here's a verbatim transcript of a portion of the interview:

Glenn Beck: "Congratulations, sir."
Keith Ellison: "I'm glad to be here."
GB: "Thank you. May we have five minutes here where we're just politically-incorrect and I play the cards face-up on the table?"
KE: "Go ahead."
GB: "Alright. No offence... and I know Muslims, I like Muslims, I've been to mosques, I really don't believe that Islam is a religion of evil. You know, I think it's been hijacked, quite frankly. With that being said... you are a Democrat, you are saying, 'Let's cut-and-run,' and I have to tell you, I have been nervous about this interview with you because what I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not, uh, working with our enemies.' And I know you're not, I'm not accusing you of being an enemy, but that's how I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way."*
KE: (by now sporting a big grin because he now knows he's being interviewed by the stupidest person on the planet) "Well, let me tell you, the people of the 5th Congressional District know that I have a deep love and affection for my country. There's no one who's more patriotic than I am, and so I don't need to prove my patriotic stripes —"
GB: "I'm not asking you to.** I'm wondering if you see that... you come from a District that is heavily immigrant with Somalians, and I think it's wonderful, honestly, it is really a good sign that you are — you could be an icon to show Europe, this is the way you integrate into a country. I think the Somalians coming out and voting is a very good thing."
KE: "I agree with you."

* This is possibly the stupidest thing I have ever heard anyone say in my life, and I've met some pretty stupid people. First off, you don't say, "Now, I don't want to offend you," but then say something exceedingly offensive. Second, did Mr. Ellison actually say the words "cut-and-run"? If he did, Mr. Beck has a case. Third, the use of the word "hijack" was, at the same time, ironic and hilarious and ridiculous. Finally, he was elected fairly and squarely by the people, so... get off his back.
** Yes he is. That was the whole point of this interview.

Unfortunately, the clip cuts out at this point. But the point is... well, the point is that Glenn Beck is an idiot. Remember, this is the same man who called Cindy Sheehan a prostitute.

1 comment:

john nardin said...

What's wrong with asking a Muslim if he supports our enemies? Is it because it's not politically correct to ask such a thing? Religion of peace, my ass. Glenn Beck is absolutely right! Keith Ellison may be a nice guy, but because he's a Muslim I assume that he believes in the Koran. Did you know that the Koran calls for the complete conquest of the entire world and total submission to Islam through any means necessary – including lying, deception, killing and INFILTRATION. There are hundreds of texts revealing the sinister goals of Islam, including the "holy" Koran! Western Muslims will tell you differently. They either hide the truth about Islam out of embarrassment, or lie by omission. Do the research yourself! Have you ever asked yourself why virtually EVERY Muslim terrorist invokes the Koran and Mohammed as their inspiration for their evil deeds? Sure, there are many nice verses in the Koran that preach peace, but those verses were "revealed by Allah" to Mohammed when he had but just a small band of followers. When he gained an army, the "nice" verses were abrogated (replaced), by dozens of verses commanding the subjugation or death of non-believers. Muslims are commanded to follow the example of their prophet. Well, let's see: Mohammed and his army raided unarmed caravans, stole their possessions, killed the men and raped the women. He married a 6-year-old girl when he was 50 and consummated the marriage when she was 9 (pedophile?). Mohammed personally participated in the beheadings of roughly 600 prisoners (murderer) in one gruesome night. Mohammed had a young woman and an old man assassinated for writing poetry about him that he considered insulting (remember the Mohammed cartoons?) She was stabbed in the stomach while sleeping and the old man was cut open from his groin to his chin. DO THE RESEARCH! These facts are in the Koran and the Ahadith - sacred Islamic texts! Mohammed said that a truce with unbelievers may be signed only when the Muslims are in a position of weakness, but is to be broken when the Muslims gain strength (no honor). Because the Koran and Mohammed are the "supreme examples for Muslims to follow”, (in contrast to Jesus for Christians) it makes me a little nervous that an American congressman is also a Muslim. I find the placement of a Muslim congressman in our government at the very least, somewhat disturbing and so should you. Ok, so Ellison’s not going to murder and kill people, but if he believes in the Koran, then he also believes that you and I (assuming you're not Muslim), are inferior beings. If you're a Jew, that's even worse. That's Islam in a nutshell, buddy. And I don't want someone with those beliefs serving as a leader in our government.