Monday, September 24, 2012

In the Garden of Beasts - By Erik Larson

Something Is Wrong

Don't look now, but Islam is becoming the MSM's official religion of America.
Don't look now, but Islam is becoming the MSM's official religion of America.

Now, it's not just that no one bats an eye at the amazing truth that the United States is beaming TV ads all over Pakistan apologizing for a derogatory Internet trailer for a nonexistent movie demeaning the being that Muslims call "The Prophet Mohammed."

No one in the MSM even slightly hints that doing the kowtow in the same country that sheltered Osama bin Laden to a group that reveled in, delighted in the terrorism against American civilians and still provides the framework for the terrorist Haqqani network, might be humiliating and an insult to the memory of the great Americans who were murdered just last week in Libya.

No, we just take it in stride that our President and our Secretary of State will apologize to the people who hate us and want us dead. That's not what I am referring to.

I am referring to something worse: Have you noticed that in the past few years, and especially in the past few weeks since the murder of the Ambassador and his guards and colleague in Benghazi (a city that Erwin Rommel loved and whose inhabitants he praised), whenever the New York Times refers to Mohammed, they always call him, without quotation marks, The Prophet Mohammed.

As if everyone with any sense understands that OF COURSE Mohammed is The One True Prophet and that it's just understood that Mohammed is The Prophet.

I see this in other news outlets and on TV, too. Sober-looking newsmen and newswomen mention Mohammed as The Prophet Mohammed. No ifs, ands or buts. I hear it on the BBC World Service, too.

Now, if Muslims want to believe that Mohammed is The Prophet, God bless them. Fine and dandy. If anyone wants to believe that, good luck to him or her. But why does our mainstream media here in the USA, an overwhelmingly Christian country, refer to Islam's prophet as "The Prophet"?

Have you ever seen any major newspaper here in the USA refer to Jesus Christ as "The Son of God, God Incarnate, The Lord Jesus Christ"?

Can you imagine the New York Times running a story about a crucifix resting in urine at an "art gallery" as an offense against "The Lord Jesus, Son of God"?

Can you imagine any large newspaper in this country running a story about the Pope and referring to him as "The Holy Father, The Bridge Between Heaven and Earth"?

Or about Mary, as "Holy Mary, Mother of God"? It would never happen.

But somehow, probably because the people writing the articles and editing them or the producers on TV news shows fear being beheaded -- and who doesn't? -- we have adopted in our media the Muslim assertion that Mohammed is The Prophet while giving other religious figures the back of our media hand.

This is frightening. We are not supposed to be doing obeisance to a religious group that has many adherents who want us dead. We are not, as journalists, supposed to be labeling anyone as "The" Prophet. But somehow, it's happening. The MSM has become a voice for Islam.

Hitler saw it long ago. Terror and fear of violence can bring about amazing changes in people's behavior. So can a misguided political correctness and self-loathing for the greatest nation on earth.

I overheard a conversation between two women at a dining table just yesterday. One said, "I don't care what anyone says, Obama is a Muslim" (she has said it before) and the other said, "He's not a Muslim. He's just stupid."

I didn't say anything to them. I am just telling you, these do not feel like normal days. They feel like latter days.

There is just a feeling in the air, a look in the sky at dusk, a look on people's faces. Fear is everywhere. Mr. Obama cannot lose this election unless enough people believe it's within their power to stop the ticking of the clock, and I do not feel that groundswell. Not at all.

When the American media turns its back on our own religions of tolerance and adores a religion of intolerance, times are upside down.

The MSM says it's all fine, trust The Prince of Grant Park, Chicago. But I have always preferred the admonition, "Put not your trust in princes." Something is wrong.

I had just finished reading "In the Garden of Beasts" when I came across "Something is Wrong", by well known Ben Stein of the American Spectator.

Larson, well known for his two widely read novels,. writes this book as a nonfiction.  Das Vorspiel is the heading of the introduction by Larson as he details Germany 1933-37 and I can not help but note some of the similarities that exit in the United States of America today and the appeasement efforts of our current administration.

America exists in a world of hurry and events that can shape the world as the events in the four years in Germany leading up to WWII in this must read nonfiction.

If anyone believes we are living in a "world of normal days", I suspect they read more non-fiction, reflect on how Romney out shown Obama on "Sixty Minutes" last night.

Despite the liberal endless attempts to bait Romney into apologizing for his mostly harmless gaffes, while showing Obama in a more favorable position, spend less time playing Fantasy Football, (your heads may be kicked around like footballs in upcoming years) watch less sitcoms, and decipher what the liberal press is really saying.

This country is heading for a world of big-time trouble, especially for our younger people who believe in flowery feel-good words and and unkept promises and apologies to our enemies leaving common sense thinking people and our friends, confused.


steven edward streight said...

Liberals and State Dept. are angry at CNN about their handling of Ambassador Steven's journal.

If I was Ambassador's Steven's family, I would feel far more violated by the Obama Admin and State Department.

For Obama to go prancing around on Letterman and The View while our embassies are being attacked, which is an act of war, is quite insulting and amateurish.

For our consulates and embassies to be so unprotected, especially in the Muslim nations, and especially during the 9-11 commemmorations, and even more so since the DNC inflammed the Muslim radicals by constantly bragging about killing bin Laden (Joe Biden in particular "GM is alive and bin Laden is dead") -- this is the true violation.

mjgreytak said...

I am very proud to say my son, Bill is not one of the groundswell of opionated naive American youth. He has been to war in Iraq and will soon be joining our troops in A-stan as a Green Beret. He says very little about who we are at war with while it seems like over here we seem very far from reality. We are at war with the Muslim religion that is being used by criminals taking advantage of illiterate people to do their bidding. We are screwing up big time in not taking this seriously. I do find the parallels between our time now and the times written about in the book "In the Garden of the Beasts".