Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sharing a post from another blog

"You false patriots who bring assault rifles to political rallies, you hack politicians and media personalities who lied through your stinking teeth about "death panels" and "Obama is coming for your guns" and "He isn't a citizen" and "He's a secret Muslim" and "Sharia Law is coming to America," you who spread this bastard gospel and you who swallowed it whole, I am talking to you, because this was your doing just as surely as it was the doing of the deranged damned soul who pulled the trigger. The poison you injected into our culture is deeply culpable for this carnage.
You who worship Jesus at the top of your lungs (in defiance of Christ's own teachings on the matter of worship, by the way) helped put several churchgoers into their graves and into the hospital. You who shriek about the sanctity of marriage helped cut down a man who was about to be married. You who crow with ceaseless abandon about military service and the nobility of our fighting forces helped to critically wound the wife of a Naval aviator who fought for you in a war. You who hold September 11 as your sword and shield helped put a little girl born on that day into the ground . . .

"I tell people don't kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus - living fossils - so we will never forget what these people stood for."

- Rush Limbaugh, Denver Post, 12-29-95

"Get rid of the guy. Impeach him, censure him, assassinate him."

- Rep. James Hansen (R-UT), talking about President Clinton

"We're going to keep building the party until we're hunting Democrats with dogs."

- Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), Mother Jones, 08-95

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building."

- Ann Coulter, New York Observer, 08-26-02

"We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors."

- Ann Coulter, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, 02-26-02

"Chelsea is a Clinton. She bears the taint; and though not prosecutable in law, in custom and nature the taint cannot be ignored. All the great despotisms of the past - I'm not arguing for despotism as a principle, but they sure knew how to deal with potential trouble - recognized that the families of objectionable citizens were a continuing threat. In Stalin's penal code it was a crime to be the wife or child of an 'enemy of the people.' The Nazis used the same principle, which they called Sippenhaft, 'clan liability.' In Imperial China, enemies of the state were punished 'to the ninth degree': that is, everyone in the offender's own generation would be killed and everyone related via four generations up, to the great-great-grandparents, and four generations down, to the great-great-grandchildren, would also be killed."

- John Derbyshire, National Review, 02-15-01

"Two things made this country great: White men & Christianity. The degree these two have diminished is in direct proportion to the corruption and fall of the nation. Every problem that has arisen (sic) can be directly traced back to our departure from God's Law and the disenfranchisement of White men."

- State Rep. Don Davis (R-NC), emailed to every member of the North Carolina House and Senate, reported by the Fayetteville Observer, 08-22-01"


This blogger, in an open letter to the far right, lays out my emotions for me. I may at moments feel we should not lay too much blame at the feet of people who say violent things because it's the people who carry out the violence who are ultimately to blame. But I certainly feel that there is WAY too much violent language in our society. Too much real violence. Too many young people denied a life because a gang threatened them with violence if they didn't themselves become violent. Too many like Abraham, Martin and John (and Bobby) have already been killed, although Ann Coulter overlooks this. Too many have gone off to war and not returned because a man who stole an election sent them off to fight an unjustifiable war. Too many get beat up in school because they're pudgy or skinny, or just a little different in some other way. Too many use language that demeans them because they've never been taught that words can be used to heal as well as to hurt. Too many hurt inside.
This blog encourages me to feel angry. But no more the actual quotes from those targeted by the writer. And I know that the best anger is the anger that impels a person to act with determination, but also with creativity and love. When Jesus overturned the money-changers' tables, he was angry. He used it to expose the exploitation carried out by those money-changers, and to call for REAL piety, not a sham of piety.


Sherman Clarke said...

Thanks for re-posting this message, Doug. When I think about the old saw about "sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me," I get a little sick to my stomach. Words can hurt or lead to hurt.

Gwynneth said...

And so the struggle continues: peace and equal opportunity for all on a healthy planet -
versus ignorance and fear and greed.
The outcome is never clear.

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