On a Los Angeles FM radio talk show, the following aired recently:
A caller identifying himself as Mohammed said, “I believe that so-called Israel should be annihilated totally, wiped off the map … I hope that Iran has the gall to nuke and exterminate them so they go back to Europe.
“And as long as there is one Palestinian man, woman or child, there will be no peace in Palestine … as far as I’m concerned, so-called Israel should be exterminated from the face of the earth. That’s my personal opinion. They have no right to exist….”
Augustin Cebada, the show’s host, did not interrupt or argue. He let Mohammed finish, then said, “OK, maybe those are your opinions, and there’s probably a lot of people out there who agree with you. We have free speech in this country….”
That’s a nice idea, however the host does not allow this “free speech” to everyone
Cebada later took a call from Dan, who objected to what he’d just heard: “When a caller calls with that kind of hatred, that kind of Nazi rhetoric, that Israel should be wiped off the map, that’s what fuels the fire, and you people did not respond by saying, ‘This is the kind of hatred we don’t need.’ And that’s what’s fueling the hatred, isn’t it?”
This time, Cebada cut the caller off, saying: “There’s a lot of hatred in your voice, Dan, in your tone. This program offers a forum so people can express what they’re feeling….”
While DK’s point is more focused on the Hispanics now getting into Islam, but personally I am sick and tired of the double standard in this country. If the same action is committed by a Jew and a Muslum the Jew is barbaric but the Muslum is “expressing himself” or “merely different” and we must be tolerant of their views.
This is not limited to the Jews/Muslim issue. The biggest double standard right now is Republican/Democrat. Obama makes a special Olympics joke and people are unhappy but aren’t calling for his head. If Bush had down the same thing there would be protests in the street. But of course we accept Obama’s apology because he is our hero right?
Democrats go nuts when Rush Limbaugh said he wants Obama to fail (which isn’t what he said btw, he said he wants his policies to fail), but when James Carville a major Democratic strategist said that he wanted Bush to fail it doesn’t even make the news. Nice double standard.
I’m not saying one needs to be Republican or Democrat, Jew or Muslim, but what I am saying is that when we have a standard for one we must have the same standard for everyone else. Its the true meaning of freedom.
Anything else is just hate.