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    Saturday, September 16, 2006

    Fight the Right

    I am one of those who subscribes to some of the mass mailings of those I generally disagree with for the most part, so that I can have more access to everything that is happening in politics. Whether i agree with the ideas of the many in any particular group or not, many times I find we are on the same side as well, and I wouldn't know to help if I didn't join their communication lists.

    So today, I received an action alert from AFA (the American Family Association). Sometimes, I'll admit, I agree with what they are fighting for and I will join in on whatever campaigns I agree with, so it's not like I'm completely against everything they stand for, but for the most part, these people aren't Christians*, they are zealots bent on forcing everyone to their will and destroying the constitution.

    Their new action alert says:
    "ABC's Rosie O'Donnell told a nationwide audience this week that "radical Christians" are the same as radical Muslims who piloted hijacked jetliners into New York's Twin Towers, who chop off the heads of individuals and who bomb innocent children in suicide attacks. O'Donnell made her comments as host of ABC's "The View."

    "Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have separation of church and state," O'Donnell said. She had been saying that America was attacked "not by a nation." She continued: "And as a result of the attack and the killing of 3,000 innocent people, we invaded two countries and killed innocent people." Even her liberal co-hosts were shocked by her comments.

    Co-host Joy Behar protested that Christians are not trying to impose mass murder on America. "This group (radical Muslims) is threatening to kill us." Replied O'Donnell: "No, but we are bombing innocent people in other countries. True or false?"

    O'Donnell was saying there is no difference between the radical Muslims who kill in the name of Allah and Bible-believing Christians who follow the teachings of Jesus.

    Neither O'Donnell nor ABC apologized for the comments. Had she made similar comments about minorities or homosexuals, there would have been an apology, and she would have probably been fired.

    The message from ABC is that bashing Christians is acceptable, even comparing them with murderers who kill in the name of Allah."
    Of course, she said nothing about real Christians or Christians (or Muslims) in general, but quite a bit about specifically radical Christian zealots. And if she had said something about minorities who were into ballet or homosexuals who were doctors, those entire communities (all homosexuals, all minorities) would not interested in the statement, only those who it applied to would. The psychology behind why the AFA is in an uproar is simple, and I don't think I have to point out directly.

    Then again, I don't think what she said was "bashing" anyone, but rather giving a statement of her personal opinion based on observed behaviors by the group she was speaking of that are verifiable by facts. Sometimes people can get so crazy.

    Here's the letter I wrote to the president of ABC using their own activism software
    Dear President Frons,

    The comments by Rosie O'Donnell deserve a standing ovation from all Americans! I completely agree that any extremist of any religion is dangerous and, indeed, even murderous. It is about time that someone with a strong public following stated the obvious facts that people who stone women for being raped, and people who bomb abortion clinics are one in the same as far as morals go.

    Bowing to the cries of foul play by the extreme religous zealots who are emailing you en mass at this time will prove nothing but that you are a company who does not stand by the right of free speech and freedom of the press, but rather buckles under pressure from the very people who wish to rip away the rights of US citizens and destroy our constitution, one slow painful step at a time.

    Please do what is right, and ignore the pleas of those bigots who would have you stifle the free speech of an American icon.

    Brian Frons, President, ABC Daytime
    47 West 66th St.
    New York, NY 10023-6298
    Primary Phone: 212-456-7777
    Fax: 212-456-1424
    E-Mail: Brian Frons, ABC netaudr@abc.com

    Do you want to fight those who would take your rights away? Want a giggle along the way because you are using their own tools of political power against them? Join the AFA. Want to fight back on just this subject? Email the president of ABC yourself, and support freedom of speech! Every small step, no matter how silly, that we can stop them from making towards anyone's bigoted or negative goals, is a step towards preserving freedom for us all.

    *My definition of Christian: One who attempts to, in all their ways, thoughts, and deeds, to be as much like Jesus Christ (as depicted in the Bible) as is humanly possible, and who always strives to be a better person using the tales of Jesus as a goal to strive for.

    Defend the constitution and freedom for future generations. Isn't it the right thing to do?

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    TheRambleman said...

    I totally agree with you and Rosie, and I emailed Mr. Frons in support.

    Anonymous said...

    Great Letter!..
    BTW - I know people who check the websites of these nuts to see who they're boycotting. That tells them where to spend their money. Works for me.