Commenter at Muslim website calls for David Letterman’s tongue to be cut off
The story is reported at Forbes:
The contributor, who identified himself as Umar al-Basrawi, was reacting to what he said Letterman did after the U.S. military announced on June 5 that a drone strike in Pakistan had killed al-Qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri.Of course the incident has nothing to do with Islam, nothing to do with the fact that at least three million Mideastern Muslims now live in the U.S. as a result of our non-discriminatory mass immigration policies over the last 46 years. The thought will not form in the brain of a single member of the political, media, and academic elites, nor in the brain of a single member of the mainstream conservative and liberal public, that if we hadn’t had all that Muslim immigration, we would not now have people in this country threatening to chop off comedians’ tongues because they had insulted Islam. Nor will the thought form in the brain of a single member of the elites and of the mainstream public that if we hadn’t had Muslim immigration, we would not now have continual Muslim terrorist attempts in this country and would not be living under a permanent anti-terror regime that includes humiliating airport security procedures affecting every air traveler and onerous security procedures to enter large public buildings. Such a thought never occurs to a single member in good standing of the liberal West. Only people who have identified the core premise of modern liberalism—that all discrimination against nonwhites and non-Westerners is morally wrong—and consciously rejected it can even form such a thought, let alone follow it through to its logical conclusion, which is that Muslim immigration must be stopped and reversed. As long as people subscribe to modern liberalism, the deepest thought they will have about the permanent threat of domestic Islamic terrorism is that it is a price we must gladly pay for living in a free and equal society.
The only exceptions to the above account are people who make the unprincipled exception—meaning people who, without thinking about the nature of liberalism and all that, instinctively blurt out, “We’ve just got to deport all these Muslims.” Such statements are only made in anonymous comment forums and have zero political impact.
Do not be such a literalist my friend. To cut off the tongue of the dog is to silence him—not necessarily physically dismember him. The knowing mind penetrates all language, whether written in a holy book or uttered by a holy man. Did not Jesus say that it would be better to cut off one’s hand rather than go into the fires of Gehenna?LA replies:
Except that Muslims do cut off people’s heads and tongues in the name of Islam, so it is literal, or haven’t you noticed?August 19
D. in Seattle writes:
Samir M. said: “Did not Jesus say that it would be better to cut off one’s hand rather than go into the fires of Gehenna?”Daniel S. writes:
At least David Letterman will not have to go in to hiding like the cartoonist Molly Norris. Nevertheless, Letterman, a hack comedian, is learning that there is a very dangerous price to be paid for the maintenance of the liberal, multicultural society (or rather, he should learn this lesson, but as a good liberal the only lesson he’ll learn is not to offend the Muslims ever again). Liberals like Letterman know nothing of Islam’s doctrine and its long history of aggression against the West, and as such will continue to advocate the same liberal policies that allow millions of Muslim immigrants into the U.S. that now use internet message boards to issue death fatwas against anyone making statements about Islam or Muslim deemed insulting or blasphemous. Mark Hackard mentions:
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