There Is No “I” In “Branes”

Maybe the most amusing development in the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” story is ‘Pubs plucking the sensitivity violin.  Like Eye of Newt (“Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum in Washington”) Gingrich, thoughtfully tarring all Muslims as Nazis, and Mann (“I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much”) Coulter, about the 911 widows, whom she also labeled the “Witches of East Brunswick.”  Evidently she was speaking as Head Bitch for the Sisterhood of the Adam’s Apple, a warm and fuzzy victims’ aid organization.

But we in Florida have our own splendid home-grown collection:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If building an Islamic center near ground zero amounts to the epitome of Muslim insensitivity, as critics of the project have claimed, what should the world make of Terry Jones, the evangelical pastor here who plans to memorialize the Sept. 11 attacks with a bonfire of Korans?

Mr. Jones, 58, a former hotel manager with a red face and a white handlebar mustache, argues that as an American Christian he has a right to burn Islam’s sacred book because “it’s full of lies.” And in another era, he might have been easily ignored, as he was last year when he posted a sign at his church declaring “Islam is of the devil.”

Mr. Jones said that nothing in particular had set him off. Asked about his knowledge of the Koran, he said plainly: “I have no experience with it whatsoever. I only know what the Bible says.”

Great way to show the world who we are and what we’re made of, Rev.  What could be more Mom Apple Pie and Baseball American than a book burning?  Particularly when the event is sponsored by a church?  Why, dollars to donuts dozens of the Faithful will swear they see the face of Jesus in the bonfire smoke that curls to the heavens!

An aberration, you say?  Just another chancel-prancing chucklehead who admits he knows not of what he speaks but brays it anyway?  Well, maybe….but:

Nonetheless, his position and variations on his tactics have become more common, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Florida in particular has had a rise in anti-Islamic activity. In May, an arsonist set off a pipe bomb at a mosque in Jacksonville in what authorities called an act of domestic terrorism. A mosque and Islamic school south of Miami was vandalized twice last year, the first time with a spray of 51 bullets.

Aw, just boys wanna have fun.  Interesting, though, that their style of fun is exactly what the folks our government refers to as “insurgents” and “terrorists” are doing daily overseas, for which American soldiers are losing lives and limbs.  But this is Florida, where there is no “I” in “branes.”  And so is this:

In March, for example, Allen West, a retired Army officer running for Congress in Broward County, told a group of supporters that “Islam is not a religion” but rather “a vicious enemy” that was “infiltrating” the United States.

…and this:

Ron McNeil, a candidate for Congress in the Florida Panhandle, told a group  of high school and middle school students last week that Islam’s plan “is to destroy our way of life.” He added: “It’s our place as Christians to stand up for the word of God and what the Bible says.”

These are those who would lead, set a moral example, and determine policy.  They evidently don’t find the hatred in their personal Holy Book as troublesome as what they claim is found in others’, like the Koran (which Pastor Jones hasn’t even bothered to read).  In fact, they proclaim it as binding and guiding and aw-shucks just swell.  What voter could resist?

Man, it’s tough being a godless atheist these days, surrounded by all this piety.

(All quotations above from this story.)


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15 Responses to There Is No “I” In “Branes”

  1. I saw Mr. Jones last night on Hardball. He and Fred Phelps could take a cottage by the sea together.

    By the way, Newt Gingrich was wrong when he said, “Nazis don’t have a right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum.” Actually, they do. It’s granted by the First Amendment, and as long as it is in compliance with building and zoning codes, there’s nothing to stop it other than sensitivity and good taste.

    But then, when did people like Mr. Gingrich ever give a rat’s ass about other people’s feelings?

    • Dawgbowl says:

      Bobby: You’re right — it’s a first amendment issue, although the bigger point is that Gingrich thought nothing wrong with drawing a parallel between Nazis and Muslims, which is appalling and ignorant, if dead-on typical for that asshat and his lickspittles.

      It’s been said a million times — the real test of free speech is when that speech is offensive, not benign. In today’s America, there’s always somebody somewhere eager to take offense. That can’t be the yardstick by which to measure how far free expression can go. Neither can “sensitivity” or “good taste,” although by THAT standard, louts like Gingrich could be shut down like a cockfight.

  2. Ted End says:

    I don’t get the title. There is no I in branes, but it’s spelled brains, isn’t it? Which has a I in it. No wonder nobody reads your blog.

    • Squathole says:

      Good catch, Ted. I think you’re right: gaffes like this are certainly behind my drop in readership. Thanks for your continuing support. Perhaps you’ll spread the word to your friends and family members who can read.

  3. Red White & Blue says:

    Why do you hate America?

  4. Don’t compare me to NAZIS! You infidels!

  5. anonymous says:

    Dawgbowl:

    “drawing a parallel between Nazis and Muslims, which is appalling and ignorant, if dead-on typical for that asshat and his lickspittles.”

    Actually it may interest you to know that Newt was not too far off in his comment comparing Muslims as as allies of the Nazis.
    The Muslims were indeed allies of the Nazis during WWII, and Arafat’s great grand-uncle the Mufti of Jerusalem, visited Adolf Hitler in Berlin in 1940 where not only was received by the Fuehrer himself with full honors, but also made speeches in support of the Nazi’s policy of the extermination of Jews. The Nazis also had a division of volunteers Muslims as members of the Waffen SS troops dedicated to the hunt and extermination of Jews in Europe and these Muslim warriors participated with glee and happiness, in the hunting and extermination of Jews in Central Europe.
    A few Arab countries such as Iraq, Egypt and Syria invited ex-Nazi scientists after WWII to their countries work in many scientific and military projects designed to continue with their kaka-mami plans to exterminate the Jews.
    Now it may be a coincidence, but all of the above mentioned countries practice the Islamic faith as their religion.
    Facts,history and truth are a bitch, aren’t they?

    • Paot says:

      Anonymous:

      While some of your historical references are accurate generally — indeed, some leaders of some Arab nations collaborated or sought to do so with Nazi and ex-Nazi leaders — they miss the larger point, and once more, by attributing to All what might be true to One, you commit the error of racial stereotyping.

      The actions and beliefs of a nation’s leaders do not represent those of the nation’s population, even in a representative government. Likening Muslims to Nazis on the grounds that the political leadership of a majority Muslim nation entertained collaborative intentions or took collaborative actions assumes incorrectly that each and every Muslim person governed by those political authorities shares those beliefs and perspectives. This is foolish and bigoted. Using the same historical parameters, you could say the French were Nazi sympathizers because the government capitulated, despite the fact that rank-and-file French citizens were outraged, and fought both openly and underground through the Resistance.

      FWIW, the Muslims warriors you note were largely Russian. Using your logic, that fact would place Russia in the same position as Iraq, Egypt, and Syria, which is nonsense.

      Furthermore, there are documented episodes where Muslims sacrificed their lives and futures to save Jews from Nazis, and worked tirelessly to convey Jewish families to safety. To speak of ALL Muslims as though the totality of humans thinks or acts as One is to generalize foolishly, and leads to bigotry.

      There is hatred in the world everywhere you look, but far more hateful is refusing to acknowledge the integrity and compassion that shines through, and recognizing its source.

  6. anonymous says:

    Paot,
    Nice try but no cigar!
    Arafat’s relative was not a Russian Muslim, he was an Arab Muslim from Jerusalem. His gergrand nephew followed his example and in his footsteps by bombing and killing Jewish children, mena and women with terrorist actions for the greater part of the second half of the XX Century.
    BTW, there were no Russian Muslims as such, most of the Soviet Muslims were members of different Soviet republics from ethnics groups such as the Chechens,or others. Ethnic Russians are for the most part members of the Christian Orthodox Church.
    I see you did not comment on the German Nazi scientists who went to work for the Muslim Arab countries. I understand the reason because it is an inconvenient truth that cannot be denied.

    The French had a very sad history during WWII and it is a fact also that a lot of Frenchman cooperated with the Nazis in the hunt and persecution of Jews and helped in rounding up Jews to be deported to Germany and the camps. A lot of French women also fraternazed with the occupation troops and were feather and tarred after France was liberated.

    Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway have a much better record of honorable behavior during the Nazi occupation in that respect.
    Problem with the folks like you is that you seem to be in denial about the danger we are facing. Hopefully you are in the minority and many others can see the predicament we are facing when our freedoms and style of life is in great peril.
    All one has to do is to look at the posters and signs displayed while the “peaceful folks” you seem to ignore during their street demonstrations in London, to be aware of the mortal danger our civilization is in if we do not wake up in time.

    • Paot says:

      I was referring to these soldiers: http://stosstruppen39-45.tripod.com/id10.html in my reply. There were also Bosnian Muslims recruited by the Nazis. This does not mean that all Bosnians are Muslims and Nazis, of course, or all Russians. I do not dispute your facts, but your judgments and conclusions. Ditto what you call your “inconvenient” truth. It changes nothing.

      You also make a rather ignorant remark when you say “Problem with the folks like you is that you seem to be in denial about the danger we are facing.” Having lost innumerable family and friends in Poland and Germany during WWII to the very Nazis you invoke, I am all too aware of danger brought on by bigotry and hatred. This is what I see in your statements about “the Muslims.” There is no “the Muslims.” There are human beings who practice Islam, some of whom are fiends and terrorists, most of whom are nothing of the sort. The danger to our way of life as Americans — and to me, personally, as a Jew — is lumping everybody together as one, and attributing to all the worst characteristics of the few.

      Obalesque makes the same points in his post today. The developments he highlights are far more frightening to me than peaceful demonstrators, some of whom are Muslim, and people who say the same things you do.

  7. Dawgbowl says:

    Hey anonymous: Do you actually know any Muslims personally? Maybe that’s the problem. Or maybe the only ones you know sit around the house all day and plot the demise of America.

  8. anonymous says:

    Paot,
    Sorry but peaceful demonstratore do not go around parading through the streets of London with signs that read:
    “Sharia law now!”
    “Wait until Islam is the law of the land!”
    “The penalty for those who insult Islam is beheading”
    “You have not seen a Holocaust yet!”
    “Death to all who insult Islam”
    “The hell with your freedoms”

    If these folks who were members of the Islamic communty in London and other cities of the United Kigdom are peaceful, then my rectal orifice is a diamond. These were not declared terrorists we are talking about, these folks were thousands of Muslim demonstartors parading through the streets of London during a visit I made to the United Kingdom two years ago, and I saw this type of behavior with my own two eyes. No one told me about it, I did not read about it on the Web, I experienced it first hand.

    The terrible and shocking experience of seeing these folks expressing their deep hatred of all non-Muslims and their innermost desires to do harm unto them, made an unforgetable and disturbing impression on my wife also. I came back from that trip with a changed opinion of that religion.

    • Dawgbowl says:

      There you go again, anonymous (or shall I call you (Diamond Ass?). There are millions of Muslims in the world. You (allegedly) saw thounsands in a protest mob. Why would you attribute the same hatred to the millions who weren’t there, and who have nothing to do with them?

      I’m not a Muslim, but one of my doctors is. So are about a dozen members of my Lions Club. Three of my attorney’s partners are Muslim (two are brothers). I live 6 blocks from a mosque and see dozens of peaceful worshippers every day. None of these people has anything to do with terrorists, hatred of America, or Nazis, and people like yourself who condemn all Muslims together condemn these solid citiaens and fine people as well. That’s bigotry. Racism. Hatred. Me no like.

      People are people. This is primary school citizenship level. Open your eyes and grow up.

  9. anonymous, says:

    Paot,
    Here is a video worth watching.

    There is no photoshop here, the facts are undeniable.

  10. guido says:

    Hey…I’m glad nobody compared the Italians to Nazis. Mussolini was no Hitler but boy could he keep those trains on time. Of course we won’t mention the fact that those same trains probably carried Jews, (Poles, Catholics, & other victims) to death camps or that at the beginning of WW11 Italy was Germany’s ally. No we won’t mention that because if we did then by anonymASS’s reckoning Italians should be called Nazis too. Go ahead….I dare you….call an Italian a Nazi….but only if you’re in the mood for a good blood-letting.

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