Pushing Back Against Extremism
Right wing extremists seem to believe that they are immune from the consequences of their crazed rantings. Not always, it turns out.
Washington, D.C. radio talk show host Michael Graham was fired on Monday after refusing to apologize for comments he made about Islam. On July 25, Graham said “We are at war with a terrorist organization named Islam. The problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam.” His station, WMAL, said he referred to Islam as a terrorist organization 23 times during that same show.
Graham can say what he wants to say, but his employer, a private business, doesn’t have to give him a forum to preach religious hatred.
Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel of Venezuela said: "This is a huge hypocrisy to maintain an antiterrorist line and at the same time have such terrorist statements as these made by Christian preacher Pat Robertson coming from the same country."
Ironically, Robertson’s rant may help President Chavez in his reelection effort.
While Robertson's lunacy has been widely and justly condemned, it’s unfortunate that some conservative Christian organizations “remained silent, with leaders at the Traditional Values Coalition, the Family Research Council and the Christian Coalition saying through spokesmen that they were too busy to comment.” Too busy penning their own extreme rants to condemn advocacy of political assassination?
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