First, a short apology for this Sunday morning rant, but some things just have to be said. No humor here.
I just read that Michael Moore’s newest cause is to help build the Mosque in New York City. Mr. Moore presents ten “facts” supporting his reasoning that the mosque should be built. With the exception of seven and nine, he raises some valid points. But…
I get a little tired of self anointed pundits, especially celebrities, attacking the credibility and intelligence of all who disagree with their point of view. I don’t appreciate being rolled up in blanket statements, and vilified for a reasonable opinion. And I take strong exception to many who seem to think this country is filled with haters, racists, and bigots.
In his diatribe, Michael Moore states that he believes in an America that stands for protecting victims of hate and prejudice. Well, Mr. Moore, so do I. There were thousands of “victims” of hate and prejudice that died at ground zero. Is it too much to ask that we respect and protect the wishes of the other victims, their families? I don’t think so.
Michael Moore believes in an America where people are free to worship wherever and whatever God they wish. So do I. But Mr. Moore, to suggest that the vast majority of those opposing the mosque believe otherwise is disingenuous and intentionally provocative. Freedom of religion is not the issue for most opposed to the Mosque. I realize they have the “right” to build the Mosque, but it disturbs me that they have the “will” to build it. Is it so difficult to understand the emotions of thousands still scarred by the loss of loved ones, struggling with images they will take to their graves? I don’t think so.
Mr. Moore believes in an “America that says to the world that we are a loving and generous people…” I believe that we are. In contrast to what many weak-willed, disillusioned people would have us believe, we are not a nation of hatred, or right-wing bigots, or left wing loons, for that matter. We are a nation of freedom and choice. We squabble among ourselves like children, we give of ourselves like no other nation on earth. We air our dirty laundry for the world to see, and if the world judges us harshly, so be it. Can you show me another nation secure enough in their beliefs that would dare do the same. I don’t think so.
Mr. Moore also seems to be somewhat hypocritical when he says, “Blaming a whole group for the actions of just one of that group is anti-American.” He further states “But we don’t judge whole religions on just the actions of their whackos.” So, Mr. Moore, why is it that you are labeling all those that disagree with you as bigots, liars, bullies and thugs? Are you not blaming the “group” for the actions of a few? Are you anti-American? I don’t think so.
We will always be a country of diversity, and there will always be a small amount of hatred, racism, and bigotry rearing an ugly head that will be overblown and sensationalized for the world to see. But contrary to what Mr. Moore seems to believe, and would have us believe as well, that is not what we as Americans are. It’s sad in a way that Michael Moore and his crusaders have such a dismal view of those that have valid concerns about the Mosque in New York.
At one time, I thought Michael Moore was mildly amusing. Now, I see him as just another bitter and polarizing figure. He has turned his unique talent for parody into politically charged, self-serving crap, which is a shame. He could have done a great deal to build this country up, rather than wasting time tearing it down.