40 Religious Leaders Denounce Sarah Palin and Fox’s Hate Speech

Forty different Catholic, evangelical, mainline Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders and scholars came together to release a statement condemning the hate language of Fox News, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich as it relates to the so called Ground Zero mosque, “Fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric only undermine treasured values at the heart of diverse faith traditions and our nation’s highest ideals.”

The statement released by Faith In The Public Life condemned the religious bigotry of Gingrich, Palin, and Fox News, “As Catholic, evangelical, mainline Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders and scholars committed to religious freedom and inter-religious cooperation, we are deeply troubled by the xenophobia and religious bigotry that has characterized some of the opposition to a proposed Islamic center and mosque near where the World Trade Center towers once stood.”

It continued, “Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, is the most recent prominent opponent to cast this debate in a way that demonizes all Muslims and exploits fear to divide Americans.”It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way,” Gingrich said in a statement. Sarah Palin called plans for the center a “provocation.” Fox News has aired a steady stream of irresponsible commentary and biased coverage that reduces what should be a civil debate into starkly combative terms.”

Rev. Peg Chemberlin, President of the National Council of Churches said, “We are deeply saddened by those who denigrate a religion which in so many ways is a religion of compassion and peace by associating all Muslims with violent extremism. That’s like equating all Christians to Timothy McVeigh’s actions. This center will reflect not only the best of Islam, but the enduring hope that Christians, Jews and Muslims can together find common ground in addressing the most urgent challenges of our time.”

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby said, “It’s simply wrong for Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin to malign all Muslims by comparing this cultural center and mosque with a radical ideology that led to the horrific attacks of 9-11. We fail to honor those killed by terrorists when we betray the bedrock principle of religious freedom that has guided our democracy for centuries.”

The statement concluded by calling for an end to the fear mongering and hate filled rhetoric, “Mr. Gingrich, Ms. Palin and other prominent voices privileged to have the ear of the media would make a more lasting contribution to our nation if they stopped issuing inflammatory statements and instead helped inspire a civil dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims committed to a future guided by the principles of compassion, justice and peace. Fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric only undermine treasured values at the heart of diverse faith traditions and our nation’s highest ideals.”

I wish more people of all faiths would stand up and denounce the divisive hate filled tactics employed on a daily basis by Gingrich, Palin, and Fox News. Gingrich and Palin are trying to create a wave of hate to ride to the presidency, and Fox News has found that peddling paranoia and hate is very, very profitable. Playing upon religious tensions is bad enough, but to intentionally create disunity for political gain, with no regard for the consequences to our nation is almost criminal.

The politics of division and hate are the tactics that political movements always resort to when they are out of ideas and they possess no other means to motivate and inspire their supporters. Palin and Gingrich’s willingness to take us down this path is a reflective of their own personal ambitions combined with a complete lack of interest in actually solving our nation’s problems. A plea to our lesser emotions is easy, and sometimes effective, but by doing so, both Palin and Gingrich are demonstrating why neither one of them will ever be capable of inspiring the birth of a better America.

83 Replies to “40 Religious Leaders Denounce Sarah Palin and Fox’s Hate Speech”

  1. This is a great beginning. I hope now that fewer people will be afraid to speak out against the hate that has been churning since Bush’s vile 2001 rhetoric. Let’s not be bullied into thinking patriotism is anti-Islam.

  2. Hi there. Very interesting article, if a little misguided. There is a verse in the Bible which says this: “wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself – for thou that judgest doest the same things.” In other words, when you – the writer of this piece – as well as all of those “religious leaders and scholars” call Palin, Gingrich, and Fox “hateful” and accuse them of spreading “division,” you – and, those “leaders and scholars” – are actually the ones recognizing what YOU are doing.

    Islam is not the issue. Respectability, and sensitivity, for the Americans killed at Ground Zero is the issue. If anybody actually listened to the points that Sarah Palin made, she called on moderate Muslims to stand up, and decry the building of the Mosque, in solidarity for those families killed. And, on Fox News, you will note that moderate Muslims have done just that, expressing their understanding that this is a very sensitive issue, and it is not anti-Muslim to suggest that this just might not be an appropriate thing to pursue!

    However, people like you – the writer of this piece – as well as those so-called “religious leaders and scholars” are so blinded by the mindset of political correctness, and the knee-jerk reactions therein, that you can not think with any notion of peace, calm, compassion, or… reason. Instead of engaging in a reasonable, rational, and loving dialogue about the sensitivity of this issue, you have to – irrationally – attack people as being “hateful,” while puffing your own selves up in the process.

    “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Instead of acting holier-than-thou, my suggestion for you, sir, and all of these “leaders and scholars” is to get together and acknowledge your own faults and sins, to acknowledge your own inadaquacies, and recognize that we do all live in a broken world, amidst a sensitive and beautiful humanity, which only wants to live in peace – and, that it WAS radical Muslims that disrupted that peace, attacking and murdering thousands of Americans. I know it’s not PC to talk about reality. But, as long as you – and, those “leaders and scholars” – continue to deny reality, you will be equally pointless, … and, equally lost.

    Matt
    Colorado

  3. can you explain why it isn’t “appropriate?”

    would you feel the same way about a church or synagogue planned for the same site? why or why not?

  4. Exactly, it was RADICAL Muslims who are to blame for 9/11 which is why it is LUDICROUS to ask moderate Muslims to essentially be lumped into that same category and be, in your words, “reasonable” and not pursue the building of a mosque in the vicinity, 2 blocks away, from the site. Your “reasonable” has no basis in logic…and your bible quoting – just a lot of blahblahblah.

  5. A very thoughtful reply, if not misguided. Perhaps, as you have bought into your own rhetoric, you should read it and apply it for yourself.

    The rest of us prefer to respect the rights of all Americans and it has nothing to do with political correctness –that’s just another label used in an attempt to smear. It has everything to do with the Constitution. You might take a gander through YouTube and revisit Ted Olson’s recent FOX News interview where he quite elegantly described reasons on why Prop 8 was unconstitutional . The same logic applies here. It will be a good history and civic lesson for you.

    And it the Constitution isn’t good enough for you (and I’m talking about the one that exists, not the one Palin, Gingrich et al would like existed), then use some good ol’ common sense: don’t blame everyone for the acts of a few.

    PS – It’s not nice to cherry-pick the Bible.

  6. $ister $arah will respond with “Golly Gee Fellow Freedom-Lovers! Can’t ya tell I wuz jes’ pullin’ yer heathen legs? All of us Americans and Christians love all ya brown-skinned towelheads jes like you wuz our kinfolk. Mah husband Taaahhhhddd will be glad ta explain our freedoms to ya jes as soon as he comes back from his “Alaskans for Secession from the Good Ol’ US of A” meetin’.

    Newtie, named after a sneaky little ferret who will rip out your throat without hesitation, will continue to do to his country what he did to his ex-wives.

  7. BTW are people aware for instance that there is a branch of Islam called the Sufis who are totally nonviolent, in fact nonviolence is one of the core tenents of their faith, who believe in spreading the message of Islam through song and dance. Yet the eye of newt and his thugs would lump these people in and equate them with the thugs who perpetrated 9/11.

  8. It seems that a consistent condemnation of 9/11 and even a public repntance on behalf of the Muslims that perpetrated 9/11 is in order. . . The silence in the public arena among Muslims is deafening. Bring 10,000 to Ground zero in repentance for 9/11, and then talk about a mosque. . .. Yes I know there are few Muslims today that participated in 9/11. . .So get out there and denounce it!

  9. LOL! Liberals. Liberals interested in “social justice.”

    Oh, yeah. I’m going to take seriously what those “religious leaders” have to say.

  10. UFDA in the comment above makes it clear how right-wing propaganda can brainwash people. “Social Justice” is at the heart of God’s word. It’s not a bad thing. It’s what Jesus preached. It’s sort of like how the right-wing somehow made “community organizing” a bad thing. What a joke.

    We are in a war on terror. A religion did not attack us on 911 – a group of terrorists did. And, quite honestly, we don’t know the whole story there. The Bush administration spent 16 months blocking an investigation into 911 and there are many unanswered questions – many, such as how 5 of Bush’s list of 19 terrorists ended up alive and well in other parts of the world.

    The first mosque built in the USA was in the 1930’s and we have a long history of religious tolerance in this country. The Republicans are more than willing to demonize an entire class of people to get some power back. Heck, they were willing to start an illegal war in Iraq; why not just use more fear-mongering to win the hearts and minds of frightened Americans? It’s what they do best. Recall those colored “terror threat level” alerts, used profusely leading up to the 2004 election, but weren’t heard of again once Bush won the office again?

    Since Republicans have no accomplishments to run on, they need fear. It’s all they know how to do anymore. They are a stain on this country and our image in the world, and FOX Noise is more than happy to support them in deepening that stain.

    What a shame.

  11. Errr, Matt, I understand there were Muslims killed in the 9-11 attack also.

    To be acceptably “politically INcorrect” why limit mosques from an area deemed arbitrarily close to ground zero?

    If, as you say, this is merely an issue of “Americans killed” why not limit new mosques in all of America? Why not destroy all existing mosques?

    Better yet, why not simply round up all Muslims and put them into detention camps – provided there is room remaining after we “sequester” all who are “reasonably suspected” of being in “our” America “illegally”?

    Finally, wasn’t it precisely Gingrich, Palin and FOX who cast the proverbial first stones here?

  12. To Matt:

    PS — Have you lobbied for restriction to development in the vicinity of the Murrah building site by any white, male, Christian, ex-US military persons or groups/companies controlled by same?

  13. I am so confident in the founding principles of this country that I embrace the idea of having this Mosque near ground zero. Those who try to turn this into a controversy erroneously blame all Muslims for the acts of extremists and seem extremely cowardly to me. They claim to follow and defend the constitution, but don’t take to heart what it means, and don’t trust it’s wisdom.

  14. It’s an election year and the Republicans want their jobs back. So, of course they are going to push every fear and hate button they can get their fingers on…. in hopes that they can get their government jobs back.

    The real question is…. regardless of their policies…. are these people “leaders”? The GOP is willing to burn every rickety bridge they have ever built with latinos, blacks, muslims, asians, women, gays, etc, just get a shot at power. They are willing to lie and threaten, even if their is a real risk that their rhetoric might inspire violence or dampen confidence in the economy. They will do anything to get back on the government payroll.

  15. The Imam who is spearheading the building of the Islamic cultural centre is one of those Muslim’s who denounce radicalism and violence. The fact that jackasses like you are unaware that such people exist and do in fact speak out against violence is no surprise.

  16. Some of those Americans killed on September 11, 2001 were devout Moslems. To deny their families and friends freedom to practice their religion is to deny what our Constitution is all about. Then the haters will feel free to change it to suit their own agenda and our country will exist no more.

  17. Remember “they hate us for our freedoms”?? So now we’re told by these same “leaders” that we must give up those freedoms. Go figure!

  18. I have been watching this discourse (if you can accuse the right wing of “discussing” from over here in England. I am American born and always loved the melting pot idea and I think Britain has been much improved by multi-culturalism (but that’s another story). It does seem from here that Palin, Gingrich, Beck, Hannity and their ilk (thankfully am not directly exposed to Rush!) have lost the plot (which was their own creation after all). This is a mosque of the Sufi branch of Islam, who believe in peace, quiet,self- and other-respect, an equal voice for women, etc. They are sort of the Quakers of Islam. My biggest worry is that They might become a target of terrorists because of their tolerance and goodness. Please, everyone, if you pray, pray, andif you march, march, and if you Comment, let your voices be heard. Keep telling your friends as well as your enemies the truth.

  19. Actually, they are not radical MUSLIMS, they are just radicals. They are not true Muslims, if they were, they are going to hell because Muslims are forbidden to cause harm to any innocents whatsoever. I personally do not agree with placing the Mosque at Ground Zero because it would offend at least the families of the victims of 9/11. I am by no means anti-Islamic, I just think they should build it elsewhere nearby.

  20. It’s not PC to expect anyone who calls themself an American to live up to the rhetorical bullshit they spout daily about tolerance, liberty and democracy in this country. Does this mean you wouldn’t support a Christian church near the Murrah Building? How about all of the innocent women and children killed by that “Christian”? In your world are all Muslims terrorists, all immigrants criminals? I have some neighbors from Colorado; they’re bigoted idiots, too. Hey, that’s fun and easy to lump everybody into one group; it sure beats the stress of thinking.
    In case you’re not aware, Muslims were killed in the crashes as well. Oh, okay, you’re not aware; that should have been obvious.

    And NOBODY but retards listen to Sarah Palin.

  21. Hi there. This is a stupid question, but I’ll entertain: if a group of radical Jews had murdered 3000 Americans in an act of terrorism, I would not support a synagogue being put up in that location – especially, if (historically) the construction of a synagogue on or near the site of a religious victory was a stated sign of conquering… look up “Cordoba,” if you’re still too naive to understand reality.

    Matt

  22. I am sorry the Bible passages cut so close to the bone. You would do better to listen to what your conscience says in response to the Word of God, rather than your feeble intellect.

  23. Dear sir, You would be better off submitting in humility to the truth of the Bible, rather than pretending to know anything about it. Additionally, you would be better off loving other people than imagining yourself as intellectually superior to them. In fact, you would do better off closing your mouth – and, doing some heavy reading, before entering into the fray of an argument such as this.

    I’m not saying you don’t have the “right” to speak – obviously, we all have that right. I am just, kindly, suggesting that if you want to have any meaning or purpose, you’d be better off getting your head straight first. :)

  24. (once again, another overly-emotional, knee-jerk reaction not based in reality.) Good luck, my dear friend.

  25. No, nor should any right-minded individual do such a thing in that case, because it was not an act of religious terror that Timothy McVeigh was engaging in, nor was it an act of war.

    Again, this sounds really sweet, really smart even (to stupid people), what you’re saying… but, you really need to get your emotional head out of your … behind… and, see reality for what it is. The religious conflict between Islam and Christianity, and Islam and Judaism is quite old. Do some research! Find out what is actually going on here. Yes, there are many good, kind, upstanding Muslims – just as there are many despicable Christians and Jews… all people have faults (even you!!!).

    But, in the interest of respecting the REALITY of the 9/11 attacks, it would be best if we all could open our hearts a little more both to a) the pain of the attack, and b) the motives of the attackers!

  26. Joe,

    I am sorry if my quoting of truths from the Bible did get to you. Maybe that means you’re feeling a little bit guilty for being so cruel in your views…?

  27. incidentally, this post is a brilliant illustration of the “superior intellect” and “compassion” of all those here on the Left-hand side of the political spectrum.

    You are all completely out-of-touch, heartless, arrogant, and lost. I will pray for you.

  28. If a Christian organization or Church was to build a Community Center (not even a Church) or a Jewish organization a Jewish Community Center in Saudi Arabia or Sumalia what do you wager on the KKK of Islamo/Fascism would no doubt dawn their robes and mob the place “Blessed be Allah” chanting all the way while the smoke assends from their slaughtered crispped bodies!!

  29. Specious argument, Fish. The US & not Saudi Arabia. Also, do you think by barring mosques in the USA the Saudis will become more amenable to allowing Christian or Jewish places of worship to exist?

  30. Matt,
    You stated, “If anybody actually listened to the points that Sarah Palin made, she called on moderate Muslims to stand up, and decry the building of the Mosque, in solidarity for those families killed.”
    This statement makes no sense.
    Why would “moderate” Muslims stand up against a moderate Mosque and community center which one of its main objectives will be to promote religious tolerance? Not to mention (which many in the media fail to correctly emphasis) is being built 2 blocks from ground zero (which is equivalent to miles NYC terms) not on ground zero.
    Religious organization leaders speaking out on what they find irresponsible is not “knee-jerk,” my friend.
    An example of a “knee-jerk” reaction can be found with news organization such as Fox News and their headlines such as “Mosque on Ground Zero.” They are attempting (as they do with many issues) to create controversy in order to create a story and increase rating.
    You then stated, “Instead of acting holier-than-thou, my suggestion for you, sir, and all of these “leaders and scholars” is to get together and acknowledge your own faults and sins, to acknowledge your own inadequacies, and recognize that we do all live in a broken world, amidst a sensitive and beautiful humanity, – and, that it WAS radical Muslims that disrupted that peace, attacking and murdering thousands of Americans.”
    These statements also do not make sense.
    I must say, if anyone is acting holier than thou, it would be you with your bible passage quotes, not the writer. I also suggest that you re-read your own statement, “which only wants to live in peace” and apply it to others that may not share your same beliefs.
    You are right, it was radical Muslims, but the proposed Mosque is not radical.
    I am not sure how old you are or your knowledge of history, but our humanities “peace” was disturbed in many parts of the world, long before America.
    As a former New Yorker, this is not about being PC, it is about religious tolerance and upholding our Constitution.

  31. Matt,
    You stated, “If anybody actually listened to the points that Sarah Palin made, she called on moderate Muslims to stand up, and decry the building of the Mosque, in solidarity for those families killed.”
    This statement makes no sense.
    Why would “moderate” Muslims stand up against a moderate Mosque and community center which one of its main objectives will be to promote religious tolerance? Not to mention (which many in the media fail to correctly emphasis) is being built 2 blocks from ground zero (which is equivalent to miles NYC terms) not on ground zero.
    Religious organization leaders speaking out on what they find irresponsible is not “knee-jerk,” my friend.
    An example of a “knee-jerk” reaction can be found with news organization such as Fox News and their headlines such as “Mosque on Ground Zero.” They are attempting (as they do with many issues) to create controversy in order to create a story and increase rating.
    You then stated, “Instead of acting holier-than-thou, my suggestion for you, sir, and all of these “leaders and scholars” is to get together and acknowledge your own faults and sins, to acknowledge your own inadequacies, and recognize that we do all live in a broken world, amidst a sensitive and beautiful humanity, – and, that it WAS radical Muslims that disrupted that peace, attacking and murdering thousands of Americans.”
    These statements also do not make sense.
    I must say, if anyone is acting holier than thou, it would be you with your bible passage quotes, not the writer. I also suggest that you re-read your own statement, “which only wants to live in peace” and apply it to others that may not share your same beliefs.
    You are right, it was radical Muslims, but the proposed Mosque is not radical.
    I am not sure how old you are or your knowledge of history, but our humanities “peace” was disturbed in many parts of the world, long before America.
    As a former New Yorker, this is not about being PC, it is about religious tolerance and upholding our Constitution.

  32. Thank you for this…the hate that oozes out of the unchristian heresy of Palin, Robertson, et a. needs to be addressed and denounced by Churches across the country…The message of Christ is replaced by that more closely resemblling that of the antiChrist.

  33. The proposed cultural center is not literally a mosque and it is blocks away from the WTC site, both which points have been conveniently altered to carry the most virulent interpretations are possible.

    Demagoguery is the last refuge of unarmed politicians

  34. Here is a partial list oif the Moslems KILLED in the 9/11 attack:

    Samad Afridi
    Ashraf Ahmad
    Shabbir Ahmad (45 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and 3 children)
    Umar Ahmad
    Azam Ahsan
    Ahmed Ali
    Tariq Amanullah (40 years old; Fiduciary Trust Co.; ICNA website team member; leaves wife and 2 children)
    Touri Bolourchi (69 years old; United Airlines #175; a retired nurse from Tehran)
    Salauddin Ahmad Chaudhury
    Abdul K. Chowdhury (30 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
    Mohammad S. Chowdhury (39 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and child born 2 days after the attack)
    Jamal Legesse Desantis
    Ramzi Attallah Douani (35 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
    SaleemUllah Farooqi
    Syed Fatha (54 years old; Pitney Bowes)
    Osman Gani
    Mohammad Hamdani (50 years old)
    Salman Hamdani (NYPD Cadet)
    Aisha Harris (21 years old; General Telecom)
    Shakila Hoque (Marsh & McLennan)
    Nabid Hossain
    Shahzad Hussain
    Talat Hussain
    Mohammad Shah Jahan (Marsh & McLennan)
    Yasmeen Jamal
    Mohammed Jawarta (MAS security)
    Arslan Khan Khakwani
    Asim Khan
    Ataullah Khan
    Ayub Khan
    Qasim Ali Khan
    Sarah Khan (32 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
    Taimour Khan (29 years old; Karr Futures)
    Yasmeen Khan
    Zahida Khan
    Badruddin Lakhani
    Omar Malick
    Nurul Hoque Miah (36 years old)
    Mubarak Mohammad (23 years old)
    Boyie Mohammed (Carr Futures)
    Raza Mujtaba
    Omar Namoos
    Mujeb Qazi
    Tarranum Rahim
    Ehtesham U. Raja (28 years old)
    Ameenia Rasool (33 years old)
    Naveed Rehman
    Yusuf Saad
    Rahma Salie & unborn child (28 years old; American Airlines #11; wife of Michael Theodoridis; 7 months pregnant)
    Shoman Samad
    Asad Samir
    Khalid Shahid (25 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald; engaged to be married in November)
    Mohammed Shajahan (44 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
    Naseema Simjee (Franklin Resources Inc.’s Fiduciary Trust)
    Jamil Swaati
    Sanober Syed
    Robert Elias Talhami (40 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
    Michael Theodoridis (32 years old; American Airlines #11; husband of Rahma Salie)
    W. Wahid

  35. Why are people even giving consideration to this Matt person? He has obviously bought into the Palin/Faux news take on this, and when out of reasonable, intelligent responses, he picks from bible passages, as if all the answers are in that book.
    It is Sunday. I have a neighbor who regularly works on this day. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Matt could you possibly break free from your keyboard and come down here and exercise the words of the Bible?

  36. If we have to subvert our Constitution in order to defend it, we have already lost. If we have to give up freedoms so hard-won by our forefathers, in order to have freedom, we have already lost. And if we have to become our enemies in order to defeat them… we have already lost. What’s so hard to understand about this? Should we now become a country like those we deride, deciding who can worship how? Should we now be a country that turns its back on the principles of religious freedom, when that tenet was part of our founding principles? Should we allow fear and wrath to guide our actions and policies, instead of courage and honor? And should we allow a political party who has so long and so effectively used those forces as its main tools to come back to power, now that they occupy the fringes of rational thought that are their rightful place?

  37. It seems to me that if this is an expression of ‘being Republican’ then under their brand of leadership constitutional and human rights are shelved til further notice! And by the way: What is’their’ jobs that they want back so bad?

  38. Question – why do Christians use the term “unChristian” when referring to an attitude or behavior or a person they don’t like? Palin *is* a Christian. She’s also a jerk, an idiot, and a fear-monger. How does that make her, or her actions, unChristian? Would you call a rude Buddhist – or her behavior – “unBuddhist,” or a rude Jew – or her behavior – “unJewish”? Why are so many Christians unable to accept that a person can be a Christian *and* a horrible person?

    Hmm, that was more than one question. Or, it was one question with many layers. But it wasn’t necessarily rhetorical.

  39. What, are they going to amend that amendment of the Constitution also? FREEDOM OF RELIGION! What is this world coming to? Good Lord, this is ridiculous, I really believe that anything and everything the President does whether it is in the interest of people or comply with the Constitution is WRONG, according to these people. He got the majority of votes, PEOPLE GET OVER IT AND STAND BEHIND OUR PRESIDENT! DON’T DIVIDE THE UNITED STATES MORE THAN WHAT IT ALREADY IS.

  40. One of the saddest ironies in all of this is that Gingrich, Palin, and company are viewed by some as the face of Christianity. In their demonization of Islam because of the actions of the hijackers, they are wrongly conveying an image of intolerance, reaction, and self-righteousness that Christianity can ill afford. They play right into the hands of the extremists like Bin Laden, who also have their own reasons for encouraging a rift between Muslims and non-Muslims.

  41. Didn’t all the Muslims who “participated” in 9/11 die in the crash? How could a few of them be alive, today?

  42. Apparently only porn shops and shopping malls are the only thing allowed on sacred ground according to the right wing bigots and halfwits

  43. From Australia, it is starting to look like the USA’s reaction to violent Islamic fundamentalism is (potentially) violent Christian fundamentalism.

  44. The same Cordoba that was taken back by Christians and has been a Christian city since 29 June 1236? The one that has had no extremist Islamic ties in nearly 800 years? THAT Cordoba? Maybe you should turn off Faux News for a minute, adjust your tin-foil hat to “reality,” and stop spewing hateful, misguided, xenophobic, untrue rhetoric.

  45. “compassion” of all those here on the Left-hand side of the political spectrum.
    >You are all completely out-of-touch, heartless, arrogant, and lost. I will pray for yo

    “Matt” personifies the type of deceiver who attempts to call themselves Christian, yet is completely oblivious to his own prejudice and the actual message of Christ, and attempts to win over people to the side of Evil in the guise of Good. Those who claim to be Christian but are actually doing the devil’s work is far more common than actual Christians in the modern world. I’ll pray that Matt spends eternity in hell, as he truly deserves it.

  46. Matt,

    The bible also says to Love thy neighbor and to be meet the stranger with hospitality. If Greed Infested Fundamentalist American Christians would practice that type of theology the Fundamentalist Muslims would have little to be angry, jealous, or oppressed from Jesus’ followers and 911 may never have happpened. Yet, since closed minded, self absorbed, judgemental, bigoted, cookie cutter, religious hyporcrites of the conservatives and literalist interpreters of the bible in this country still do not learn from their mistakes.

    You say do not judge unless you be judge. That’s what the conservatives have been doing for years. They just never recognize their own actions

  47. Apparently only porn shops and shopping malls are the only thing allowed on sacred ground according to the right wing bigots and halfwits

  48. I too denounce the hate speech of Fox Network. I have come to realize these people are not a news network…and certainly not fair and balanced. That is what they want you to think which is why they make the claim. They have cloaked themselves under flags, family values, Christian principles and patriotism to appeal to those who really possess these values to make them think they represent their view. These are wolves in sheep’s clothing preying on those whom they claim to represent. Many Christians believe you cannot be a Christian and not be a republican. Silly Rabbit…Tricks are for kids!

    I have watched the likes of Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and the forever angry Michelle Malkin spewing venom and poisoning the streams that the majority of conservatives drink from. I use to be one of them until my spirit was so grieved and I could no longer bear to hear anymore hateful, fear-based rhetoric.

    These people do not embrace Christian values at all. They have become the voice of the republican party. Their strategy is to to rally “their troops.” They will use whatever tatics necessary, distortion, fear, lies, etc. While they appeal to some, I don’t think they realize their troop base is becoming smaller. In the end, they will defeat themselves, becoming the party of ignorant, hateful, fear-based desperate people whose representatives merely use them for their own purposes.

  49. Good Lord – the author of this article may have been “holier-than-thou” (he wasn’t, but I thought it was cute that you said he was), but you’re just being a jerk. You can’t ask people to be nice, polite, and friendly, and then insult them when they disagree with your point of view, you hypocrite.

  50. Matt, that is an important verse, and we would each do well to consider it when we speak or write in opposition to any person or idea. And that is almost all of discourse. We cannot not judge. The verse reminds us that when we judge others, we need to judge ourselves.

    You perhaps could have applied it to your own writing, and I have it in mind about what I am writing here. Because, yes, this is me judging you.

    The facts on the ground are that the opposition to the center is the work of people who make a profession of being outraged, and they had to stretch very far to be outraged here. And they deceived people in order to make their case. The site is not Ground Zero, it is not even within view of Ground Zero. Cordoba is not a symbol of victory over Christians, the mosque there was converted to a Christian facility seven hundred years ago – the history is unclear but it looks like the Muslim congregation there sold the building. There is no evidence that those who are trying to build the center intended to provoke anyone.

    Yes, the religious leaders mentioned in the article are judging. As are the demagogues they are judging, as are you, as am I right here. But who is, while they are doing that judging, judging themselves?

  51. Exactly.

    We are the good guys, we need to live by our ideals.

    We should be the beacon of Freedom to the world, not just a little less nasty than the worst.

  52. Preacher, are you serious? Yes, the Bible says love thy neighbor and greet those around you with kindness. However, it does not tell us to endorse everything that every human being does as being right in God’s eyes. We should love those around us enough to share with them what the Bible says is right and wrong. Like it or not, God does draw lines in the sand and will hold us accountable for our sins. This is the same argument that homosexuals make, “the Bible tells us to love everyone, so being gay is fine”. Yes, but it also lays out actions that qualify as sin, such as lying, stealing, adultery, and homosexuality. That doesn’t mean you can’t repent and be forgiven. God hates the sin, but loves the sinner enough to want him to stop repeating the sin.

    Religous tolerance? Everyone can’t be right, so either the Christians or Muslims are going to be left holding the bag on judgment day. Which side are you on?

  53. Republican’s and their right-wing supporters are running out of explanations for their irresponsible and inflamatory statements. From the “death panel” remarks(instead of pallative care, to the non-sensical arguments of federal spending during an economic crisis to now, with the stoking of religious intolerance, Republicans are clearly a political movement without real American ideas or solutions. However, I will say that Mitch McConnell proves the belief that mummies can indeed be brought to life ! Whatever happened to the Grand Old Party with real leaders who stood for religious and racial tolerance ?

  54. Please ignore these phony purveyors of the bible.
    Visit the site: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com
    for a shocking expose of the FACTS of the Muslim religion.
    Then for another eye opener to the menace which this religion poses to America
    visit the site:
    http://www.aninquiryintoislam.com
    and read the article “why is islam so special”

    This will change forever how you see these “peace loving people”
    If you disagree with what you see, then you are free to sign the petition.
    I predict that you will not only NOT sign, but that you will be SHOCKED
    by what you read.

  55. Please..I know some feel as if all americans are now 100 percent positive that Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the 911 destruction,But sorry for the bad news,there are literally millions of sensible americans that will never be fed that lie..I guess Bin Laden caused the air traffic controllers to allow the area to be free for the occassion.I’m sure the way the buildings went down,with small explosives going off on the lower floors and the exact demolition-like manner./.Oh,sorry,I should be led to believe its the massive heat from the plane fuel that so gracefully demolished the building in such a uniformed manner..some people really should vote for Sarah Palin as president and Rush Limbaugh as vice president..Dont worry about a mosque..The terror really begins when your new president is sarah palin..Thousands love her despite her idiotic and blurred views..Some of us are so easily persuaded..So many fruitcakes in our country. We voted for change from the demonic reign of the BUSH family,and since obama (which I really dont like)is’nt able to fix everything in half a term,we are going full force to vote for the same tormented party that we gave over 12 years to reach this point..The republican tea party might get exactly what they are lying for…Oh by the way Palin/limbaugh supporters,the first people in America were indians.The rest of us are immigrants..and community leaders play a vital role in our country.

  56. Here in our great but demented country,we have democrats and republicans..Together we agree and dissagree on many point of views,however,we both are united in preserving our country and seeing that all americans prosper..The seperation and evil aspect comes in when one party openly says “we will do everything in our power to see the other party fail in everything” then vote no no no on almost every proposal..What’s even more demonic is the amount of american terrorists that support this anti-american attitude of encouraging total failure of another party…The real question is,do you strive to help america or support the palin/limbaugh ticket?..Imagine someone saying that the massive destruction of hurricane katrina was caused by God cleaning out the evil in that area..If thats the case,the next cleaning may be at the palins residence..I hope nobody have to go through anything like katrina,or the bp devastation… Glenn Beck? another joke..

  57. After visiting this “site”, I now realize how the word “LibTard” came into common vernacular. I sure am happy I wasn’t born with Anencephaly.. (absence of a brain at birth) Now go hug a homocide bomber. Thank you. Your welcome.

  58. hey cookie what ever you are drinking I’ll have a double, man you are out there kid ,wow! there right must be the kool aid.

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