The Backpage: A letter to the editor

Monday, August 13, 2012 at 7:36am
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An anonymous letter to the editor received by 'The City Paper.'

We don’t print a lot of mail here at The City Paper, mainly for reasons of space. But the following piece of anonymous correspondence arrived this week, and well, you just have to read it. It’s a response to our July 30 cover story on Samar Ali and those in the tea party who are zealous about preventing what they perceive to be a Shariah camel trying to get its nose under our Tennessee tent.

While crazy letters have been sent to newspapers for as long as there have been editors, I think this one gets to a special level of ignorance about Muslims that exists in post-9/11 America. There’s an argument to be made not to publish bile like this, that you should never give hate a platform. But I would argue that letters like the one on this page should get a little light every now and then, because as Judge Louis Brandeis wrote, “Sunshine is said to be the best of disinfectants.” He was writing about financial disclosure, but it’s a pretty powerful tool against ignorance as well.

—Steve Cavendish, Editor

 

 

Reply to your July 30 edition (The City Paper, Vol 13 #31)

What are we so afraid of? Gee, how about having acid thrown in the faces of our daughters because their [sic] going to school!

OR how about getting our heads chopped off for refusing to be Muslims, as the 109! Versus [sic] in the Koran exhort the faithfull [sic] to do, in order to follow the teachings of Muhammed (the Father of Terrorists) (and also the husband of a 9 yr old girl!)

How about putting out an edition with the 109 “kill the infidel” verses reprinted.

Ali says “I know of no true religion that celebrates the loss of lifes [sic].” Oh yeah you lying raghead b****! Where do you think “SMITE THE INFIDEL” came from? Could it be those [sic] 109 verses from the Quran? This deceitfull raghead b**** says “they claim to be fundamentalist muslims (but) they are no religion at all.”

Is that why muslims on the street say to each other “First comes Saturday (kill the Jews), then comes Sunday (kill the Christians).” How about an artical [sic] about this particular Muslim saying?

You liberals are not only nieve [sic], I really believe you suffer from a mental desiease [sic]! You write B.S. like this article while thousands of your countrymen have been killed or crippled by these raghead psychopaths! You sit smug & comfortably secure smotting [sic] on your key boards grinding out progressive crap you can’t sell but have to give it away because no one would pay $ to buy it!

“What are they afraid of” you ask? How about counting up all the Jews and Christians that have been murdered, maimed or crippeled for life by your raghead buddies in the middel [sic] east. When I see your rag by the mail-boxes in my building I’m gonna throw ’em in the trash can from now on.

Mohammed was a mass murderer & a pedophile! Allah is an a******! You liberal s*** sacks!

P.S. The City Paper is not a paper stupid! It’s a magazine

Editor's note: Throwing away copies of a publication in an attempt to keep others from reading it is a violation of the First Amendment. Being filled with hate or bigotry or xenophobia is not illegal, but it's not very good, either.

88 Comments on this post:

By: IdiotSmackDown on 8/16/12 at 1:35

Hey, this is interesting....

Top organizations funding Ryan included Wisconsin insurers Northwestern Mutual and American Family Insurance, accounting firm Pricewaterhousecoopers, Goldman Sachs and Koch Industries.

http://www.progressive.org/ryan-funded-by-goldman-sachs-koch-insurance-industry

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 1:36

shb proved not peoved

By: yogiman on 8/16/12 at 1:36

dumba$$,

I signed that letter with my name and the town I live in, which is common. So where did you get my address and phone number? You idiotically showed your disrespect and disregard for anyone other than yourself. What a man, huh?

I've noticed you never write a letter to the editor. Why? Afraid to sign your name and address that it may be found?

By: IdiotSmackDown on 8/16/12 at 1:40

yogi, you appear not to be very bright. If you sign your name and town and you have a publically listed phone number, it is really quite easy to find someone. In fact, with that information I could probably use Google Earth to post a picture of your home. If you have any concern for your privacy, you would know better. Not the brightest bulb in the pack, are you?

By: yogiman on 8/16/12 at 1:41

Why is the Ryan supporters so interesting? What should be interesting is why has so many of Barry's "used to be" supporters changed their attitude toward him?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 1:44

If you had the brains you claim to have you can go figure it out for yourself. But we know that will never happen. You are too stupid to know.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 1:48

I have already done that SmackDown.

This old fart never got out of the 19th century, even though he was born in the 20th century. His family tree must be a telephone pole.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 1:50

This is another tactic of yogi’s, when he is being made a fool of or when reality is so obvious he change the subject.

By: IdiotSmackDown on 8/16/12 at 1:56

So, how's Delores doing these days, yogi?

By: IdiotSmackDown on 8/16/12 at 1:58

Oh, wait a minute......I guess you haven't talked to her lately.

By: IdiotSmackDown on 8/16/12 at 2:01

Dolores J Wade was assigned the social security number (SSN) of: 180-28-8832

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 2:02

SmackDown you know the yog’nut? Is he really this stupid?

He always wants the whip or shoot someone.

By: IdiotSmackDown on 8/16/12 at 2:02

yes

By: IdiotSmackDown on 8/16/12 at 2:03

Paul, there is a thing called common sense. Try using it.

By: IdiotSmackDown on 8/16/12 at 2:04

Now I bid you good day.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 2:07

This is becoming more and more interesting. Is it true about his… over affection for animals? Did you know that he licks his female dog?

By: yogiman on 8/16/12 at 2:19

Who in the hell is Delores, duma$$?

By: IdiotSmackDown on 8/16/12 at 2:22

lol, Paul.

By: brrrrk on 8/16/12 at 2:27

Reporter: Is it true Congressman Ryan that you haven't even run the numbers on your budget?
Ryan: Have you seen my abs? I'm ripped you know.......

Reporter: Is it also true Congressman Ryan that you're a devotee of Atheist and fiction writer Ayn Rand; a women who once said that disabled people are "sub-human"?
Ryan: Seriously, have you seen my abs?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/16/12 at 2:30

Hey, long time no see everyone!

I hear Ryan wants to replace Medicare with P90X. I don't think gramma is ready to have ripped abs.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/16/12 at 2:31

Hi, Nemo & brrrrk!

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 2:34

Hello Blanket. yogi is being outted once more. Thanks to SmackDown.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/16/12 at 2:35

Wow....that's funny!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/16/12 at 2:36

ISD, do you know yogi?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 2:36

By: yogiman on 8/16/12 at 3:19
Who in the hell is Delores, duma$$?

Delores must be someone that was in the missing part of yogi's brain. LOL

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/16/12 at 2:38

Wait, yogi has part of a brain left? That's breaking news!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/16/12 at 2:42

Have you seen those little grow-a-brain tablets that you soak in water and they expand? Maybe he stuck one in his ear and then went swimming. However, I hear the gray matter was recalled due to malfunction. I guess that would explain a lot.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 2:42

LOL Balnket. He say he dose, but you can't prove by what he post.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 2:46

My vacation time has been cut short and I am going in a few days earlier than planed starting tonight. It is my fault for being too good at what I do and answering the phone. LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 2:48

dose? I must be getting tired, I am making too many yogi's

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/16/12 at 2:53

Well, don't be that hard on yourself, Nemo! lol

By: yogiman on 8/16/12 at 3:02

Answering the phone??? Damn, I hope you can talk better than you can write, dumbo.

Welcome back to the "club" Blamketnazi2. I can now look forward to more idiocy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/16/12 at 3:11

Well, speaking of idiocy, you can try spelling my name correctly - lol! FAIL!

By: yogiman on 8/16/12 at 3:57

My deepest apologies, Blanketnazi2. With that name it didn't give me a "misspelling" notice.

But now that you're back, ya wanna know more about your man Barry... like his anti-Christian acts?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 4:08

By: yogiman on 8/16/12 at 4:02
Answering the phone??? Damn, I hope you can talk better than you can write, dumbo.

Now the old fool is hearing bells. Are you taking too much of your meds or maybe it is not enough.

I not being to hard on myself Blanke (sic), I just made a yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/16/12 at 4:14

BTW Rasputin, I never lived in the Nations or the Reservation, but I had friends that did.

By: yogiman on 8/16/12 at 6:00

No, dumbo, I'm not hearing your bells. Or does the phone you answer buzz? Maybe you need to clean your ears a litle3 better.

By: budlight on 8/16/12 at 8:24

IdiotSmackDown on 8/16/12 at 2:40
yogi, you appear not to be very bright. If you sign your name and town and you have a publically listed phone number, it is really quite easy to find someone. In fact, with that information I could probably use Google Earth to post a picture of your home. If you have any concern for your privacy, you would know better. Not the brightest bulb in the pack, are you?

Idiotsmackdown, some of the papers require that you put your town and zip when you write a letter to the editor.

But Yogi is not stupid; he is quite intelligent. It's just that people on this post who have inferiority complexes and "little man" syndrome and "big woman syndrome" have to have someone to pick on. Be careful; it could be you next.

Speaking of Biden: A bakery in Virginia declined having the vp and his entourage stop in during the campaign in VA. Told him NO way, you didn't build this business. I'm so proud of him for standing up for his beliefs. He had so much business that day it was amazing. Go Virginia go!