The Top 10 Tea Party Bloggers You Need to ReadMay 5, 2011 at 6:00 am | Posted in NewsRealBlog | Leave a comment
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5 ) Brian Myers
They say, when you’re taking flak, you know you’re over the target. It’s not a perfect analogy, but it suits Caffeinated Thoughts contributor Brian Myers. In an analysis of the carnage perpetrated in reaction to Pastor Terry Jones’ burning of a Koran, Myers kicked a bee-hive of Islamist apologists who could not discern Meyers’ critique of Islamic murder from advocacy for Jones’ tactics.
I am no Terry Jones apologist… I called the Koran burning a “boneheaded and provocative act”. There are probably people rushing to the defense of Terry Jones, but I am not one of them.
Nonetheless, I was (and still am) at a loss to understand why so many people were talking about Terry Jones and not about the murderers that killed a dozen people in the name of Islam. Terry Jones burned a copy of the Koran. A bundle of paper and ink. The Afghan murderers slaughtered a lot of innocent human beings. Boneheaded or not, this provocation by Jones shouldn’t be used as another excuse for more outrageous bloodshed. This violence is simply indefensible. But Islam seems to always get a pass.
Islam isn’t a subject often evoked within the Tea Party. But it ought to be. More than a personally held faith, Islam stands unique among religions as a prescription for force. That makes it a competitor to government and a threat to individual rights.
Myers’ episode is a microcosm of the larger tendency in our political discourse toward a hand-wringing multiculturalism. The notion that every culture contributes equal value and should command equal respect forces those struggling to be politically correct to shift blame from murderers to those who criticize a murderous ideology. It’s actually the inverse of true equality, where individuals are held to a universal standard regardless of their background or beliefs.