It is certainly no surprise to An Excellent Spirit that our “lamestream media” has barely covered the shooting at the Family Research Council a few scant blocks from the Capitol and the White House. Thank God for Mike Brown and Jonah Goldberg.
First Mike Brown: “Day and night, LGBT people are told how much we hate and despise them, that Prop 8 in California was actually Prop Hate, that Chick-Fil-A serves “hate chicken” (this from the mayor of Washington, DC). Is it any surprise, then, that a number of churches were vandalized after the Prop 8 vote in 2008 or that a Chick-Fil-A store had the words “tastes like hate” scrawled on its walls? And given the view that failure to affirm homosexuality is an act of hate, is it any surprise that in April of this year, a church in Seattle had its windows smashed by a group called Angry Queers?” And “So, the shooter was guilty, but the FRC bears the greater guilt. As another commenter on the Truth Wins Out site opined, the shooting “was Lady Karma finally come a-calling on the FRC.” If that is the rhetoric of the left, maybe it’s a good thing the media does not spread that around. Read the whole thing.
Then Jonah Goldberg: “If it hasn’t completely vanished down the memory hole, you might recall that last week a man walked into the headquarters of the conservative Family Research Council with a backpack full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and bullets, said something like “I don’t like your politics” and then shot the building manager.” And “Moreover, according to experts, the frequency of such tragedies has virtually no significant correlation with what happens in the popular culture, politics or even with gun laws. As James Allen Fox, one of America’s leading criminologists, wrote after the Tucson shooting, “Although upgrading the level of political discourse may be much needed and changes in gun laws (whether stricter or more permissive) may be argued, these steps will likely not make a shred of difference in term of the incidence of mass murder.”
“Floyd Lee Corkins is almost a statistical unicorn in that he (allegedly) made it clear he was politically motivated. I don’t really buy the claim that the political climate has gotten so much worse. But even if it has, that hasn’t led to more political violence. Rather, it has led to the politicization of violence. That shouldn’t be surprising, given that it’s led to the politicization of pretty much everything else as well.” Read the whole article.
Next comes this from Frank Gaffney, a frequent Townhall contributor on national security issues. His take on the Southern Poverty Law Center and its strange “fellow travelers” is instructive, to say the least. “Take, for example, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Back in the heyday of the civil rights movement, the SPLC helped counter the Ku Klux Klan and other racists and anti-Semites. At the moment, though, the SPLC is hanging out with today’s counterpart to the KKK and the preeminent threat to civil rights – especially those of women – in America: Islamists bent on insinuating here their anti-constitutional, misogynistic and supremacist doctrine known as shariah.” Gaffney gets it right: “The Southern Poverty Law Center is quick to allege ties between people it calls haters and people who use violence against the object of the purported hatred. If the SPLC is genuinely interested in preventing such behavior, then the organization and its leaders should stop what amounts to encouragement of it.” Read the whole thing.
Finally, we return to Mike Brown: “To be sure, I am hardly the only one questioning the credibility of the SPLC today. You have, no doubt, read the editorial in the Washington Post by columnist Dana Millbank, who stated, “I disagree with the Family Research Council’s views on gays and lesbians. But it’s absurd to put the group, as the law center does, in the same category as Aryan Nations, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Stormfront and the Westboro Baptist Church.” And Millbank is just one of an increasing number of Americans from diverse backgrounds who are pointing out the absurdity of your recent “hate group” listings.” This is from Mike’s latest Townhall.com column. This is from Part 2 of that letter: ‘In powerful and concise language, the apostle Paul wrote, “For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth” (2 Cor 13:8). And it was Jesus who said that, “whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God” (John 3:21). The highest and best thing you could do is recognize the error of your recent listings and remove the leaders and organizations in question, thereby restoring a modicum of credibility. But if you are convinced that your listings are right, then let us have the private convocation of which I speak, and let the truth come forth for all to see. Read the whole thing.
What Americans can conclude from all this is that someone is doing the “lamestream media’s” job for “them” – and for “us”. To paraphrase Dire Straits, “That ain’t workin; that’s the way we like it.” Americans don’t like that the media utterly fails to report a shooting like this! Thanks Mike Brown and Jonah Goldberg! That is the way “we” like it! Stay tuned, there will be more. By the way, here is a link to Mike Brown’s latest book. According to his Facebook page, you can download it free! An Excellent Spirit highly recommends In the Line Of Fire! Follow up with this story.