For the past couple of weeks Glenn Beck along with merry band of idiots (Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Lazio) have led a movement to protest the building of an Islamic Cultural Center (Ground Zero Mosque) near the WTC. Beck’s opposition to the Cultural Center is that he believes it’s insensitive to the families and victims of 9/11 to build what he calls a Mosque in that area.
I can understand how someone who lost a family member or friend at 9/11 would be upset. And you have every right to protest; my opinion may differ but it is your right.
What I have a problem with is people like Beck who are using this controversy for their own gain. For all his talk about respect and being sensitive to people’s feelings, where was that same sentiment when he decided to have his ‘Restoring Honor’ rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech?!?
Beck’s ‘Restoring Honor’ rally attracted a lot of Tea Party supporters, the same supporters who have challenged the 1st Black President’s citizenship and have carried signs depicting him as Hitler at their rallies. This is the same Beck who said,
Obama has “exposed himself as a guy” with “a deep-seated hatred for white people”
Beck Referring to Obama “This guy is a racist…”
So how exactly are you going to reclaim the Civil Rights Movement when you yourself have promoted some form of hate??
Beck is only in this for selfish reasons; if he really cared about the people he would care about the effect of his rally. Instead he turned a deaf ear to Civil Rights Leaders and colleagues like Greta Van Susteren,
“Yes he has a First Amendment right to do it…but what about the wisdom of it?”. “Glenn should move his event. It does not help heal the country on so many fronts if we poke a stick in eyes.” – Greta Van Susteren
So what’s the difference between respecting 9/11 families/victims and respecting the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech? It’s simple, there is nothing for Beck to gain from respecting Martin Luther King. The families of 9/11 and protesters who oppose the Islamic Cultural Center have to understand Beck, the GOP, and even Democrats like Harry Reid are using them for political favor. Then on top of that you have the rhetoric of Beck possibly adding fuel to the fire of anti-Islam sentiment. The video below was taken during one of the protests of the Islamic Cultural Center; the crowd mistaken a man wearing a tightly fitted beanie for a muslim…
These are dangerous times we are living in right now, and this is just not a NYC Ground Zero thing. Just this weekend there was a suspicious fire at the proposed site for a Mosque in Tennessee, how much will we regress as a nation??
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!