Burch: Tennesseans seem to think Muslims are fair game

Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Barry West, a Coffee County commissioner, at first didn't seem to understand all the fuss about the Facebook post in which he suggested that the best way to view Muslims is down a shotgun barrel. A day after the media reported on the posting, however, West did offer a "heartfelt, sincere apology" for his post. Whether he will suffer professionally for his indiscretion is questionable, as Muslims seem to be fair game in Tennessee these days. This, despite the fact that the only acts of terrorism involving Tennessee Muslims have been acts of terrorism committed against them by bigoted Christians.

One of the funniest comedy acts I have ever seen is “Tennessee No Evil,” in which Jon Stewart sent Aasif Mandvi, who posed as a Muslim “reporter” sympathetic to terrorists, to investigate opposition to the building of the new Murfreesboro mosque. Mandvi “interviewed” Laurie Cardoza-Moore, a leader of the fervid opposition who babbled about a “mothership” that had spawned a “huge” network of terrorists in Tennessee, centered around the Nashville mosque. When Cardoza-Moore informed Mandvi that there are 35 training camps for terrorists in the United States, he hurriedly grabbed his cell phone and pretended to call and berate “Achmed” the “idiot” for failing to hide the camps better. After Cardoza-Moore informed Mandvi that there was already a mosque in Murfreesboro, with no reported acts of terrorism over more than 20 years, Mandvi went to the existing mosque to confront its Imam (who turned out to be a mom). Mandvi bitterly complained that the mosque “cleverly hidden on a busy street” was not a “sleeper cell” but “comatose.” How long would it take the sleeper cell to start committing acts of terrorism, he complained. As Mandvi wrapped up his “interview” with Cardoza-Moore, he asked her how she knew so much about the “mothership.” She, earnestly and in all seriousness, informed him that “everyone” knows about the mothership, and that she had done Google searches to discover what the CIA and FBI have yet to discover. A moment of high comedy occurred when Cardoza-Moore asked, “Come on, do you think we’re fools?” and Mandvi gave her a quizzical look.

If you want to laugh your fanny off, you can google “Tennessee No Evil.” Unfortunately, the skit is so wildly funny because it is so truthful.

Tennessee bigots are highly selective about the facts they consider, and they pay little attention to cause and effect. The facts are quite simple:

(1) If there is a “huge” network of Muslim terrorists in Tennessee, it must be singularly inept, since it has never managed to commit major (or even minor) acts of terrorism.

(2) If West and Cardoza-Moore were discriminating against Jewish Americans or African-Americans, they would suffer the consequences.

(3) The reasons for the rare acts of terrorism that have been committed by Muslims in the United States have been explained by the terrorists and their conspirators. The attacks are not due to “hatred of American values” or a desire to “take over the world.” When Americans are attacked, it is because the governments of the United States and Israel actions in the Middle East. The result of which has led to massive suffering for millions of innocent women and children. No one should be surprised that such massive suffering spurred some Muslim men to retaliate.

What would American men do, if foreigners caused American women and children to lose their independence, their way of life, their land, their homes, and often their lives? Of course American men would retaliate, using violent force. If we want Middle Easterners to leave us in peace, we need to pay the going price for oil and stop butting into the business of countries half a world away, in a region of the world that we don’t understand. Our government can barely manage its own internal affairs, so we should be very skeptical about its ability to manage the affairs of other nations.

 

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

72 Comments on this post:

By: Mike Burch on 5/3/13 at 11:47

Dargent7,

Is it wise to "believe in Jesus" or is that like believing in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny?

If Muslims don't believe in Jesus Christ as god, or the son of God, they are in good company with Einstein, Gandhi, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, et al.

Ironically, the best-known American founding fathers agreed with Muslims. They thought Jesus was a good man, but not divine.

By: Mike Burch on 5/3/13 at 11:53

Ironically, it is conservative Christians who make Jesus seem like the Devil, by saying that he will send people to hell for thinking independently and not believing he could be as petty and cruel and orthodox Christian theology purports.

Einstein, Gandhi and most Muslims do not accuse Jesus of being a petty, intolerant bigot who sends people to hell for thinking for themselves. So, ironically, agnostics, atheists and Muslims think much more highly of Jesus that conservative Christians do.

By: budlight on 5/4/13 at 12:49

2) If West and Cardoza-Moore were discriminating against Jewish Americans or African-Americans, they would suffer the consequences.

I ask you this: If anyone were discriminatiing against Christians, would they suffer any consequences? No, of course not. It's being done daily.

I am sick and tired of hearing about poor Muslims. The Koran directs them to kill infidels and Christians are their definition of "infidels".

By: govskeptic on 5/4/13 at 5:35

Mike, I'm always amused at your finding some far out example to fuse into your
misguided example to start your Editorials. You and this small group of fellow
back slappers and congratulatory minions make up TCP Enlightened ones.
With the constant attacks on any Christian thoughts or actions, all truly moral
questions being discussed, and anything military or policy involving Israel can
always be expected. Your 12:53 posting's last sentence is a damnable lie
that only a crusader of destruction and poison would put into print!

By: govskeptic on 5/4/13 at 5:37

Mike, I'm always amused at your finding some far out example to fuse into your
misguided example to start your Editorials. You and this small group of fellow
back slappers and congratulatory minions make up TCP Enlightened ones.
With the constant attacks on any Christian thoughts or actions, all truly moral
questions being discussed, and anything military or policy involving Israel can
always be expected. Your 12:53 posting's last sentence is a damnable lie
that only a crusader of destruction and poison would put into print!

By: Rasputin72 on 5/4/13 at 6:35

Mike Burch may point out obvious causes of human inadequacies and the need to correct them.

Unfortunately for his mantra, survival of the fittest and diverse opinions and culture take precedent.

By: Loner on 5/4/13 at 11:53

For you Star Trekkies: May the Fourth be with you.

Gov...you wrote: " You (Mike Burch) and this small group of fellow back slappers and congratulatory minions make up TCP Enlightened ones."

Just curious, am I one of the Back-slapping TCP Enlightened Ones?

I'm putting together a resume.... and I'd like to add that distinction to my list of titles...may I use you as a reference?

Thanks.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/4/13 at 12:36

And always will!

By: Loner on 5/4/13 at 1:07

Mike Burch, thanks for your response to my post.

Mike mentioned a "fantasy" invented by the US and Israel, in which we are the innocent victims of Islamic extremism. I agree with Mike's analysis. The major media and the Israel lobby have deluded the federal government and the general population.

The delusions do not end there. Most American actually believe that what is good for the Jewish state is good for the USA...and that what is bad for the Jewish state is bad for the USA.

Of course, most reasonable people would agree that what is good for the state of TN, for example, might not be good for the state of NY...and that what is bad for TN might not be bad for NY. This is why we have the House of Representatives, to sort it all out.

But that same logic is suspended, in the case of the US-Israel relationship.

The so-called "special relationship" is strictly fantasy-land stuff....it's a canard-based relationship.

By: Loner on 5/4/13 at 1:45

Thought I'd take a minute and list the canards that underpin the "unshakeable bond" be tween the Jewish state in Palestine and the United States of America.

But first, let us define the word, "canard"...from Merriam Webster:

Ca·nard: noun \kə-ˈnärd also -ˈnär\

Definition of CANARD
1a : a false or unfounded report or story; especially : a fabricated report
1b : a groundless rumor or belief

2: an airplane with horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of supporting surfaces; also : a small airfoil in front of the wing of an aircraft that can increase the aircraft's performance

Examples of CANARD:

"The book repeats some of history's oldest canards."
"....the widespread canard that every lawyer is dishonest."

Origin of CANARD:

French, literally, duck; in sense 1, from Middle French vendre des canards à moitié to cheat, literally, to half-sell ducks
First Known Use: 1851.

Source:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canard

The 1a and 1b definitions are what I am talking about...in the vernacular, we are talking about BS.....half-truths....distortions...deceptions...myths....spin...and outright falsehoods. Some use the term, "the narrative".

I firmly believe that the US-Israel relationship...the "special relationship".... is actually a canard-based relationship. Here is a partial list of the canards that I have identified:

1. What is good for the Jewish state is good for the USA.
2. What is bad for the Jewish state is bad for the USA.
3. Israel is America's closest ally.
4. Israelis and Americans share core values.
5. Zionism is not a form of racism.
6. Israel is not a Jewish theocracy.
7. A state can be both a "Jewish state" and a secular, pluralistic and democratic state.
8. Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state.
9.The modern state of Israel represents Judeo-Christian prophecy fulfillment.
10. Israel and the USA are innocent victims of Islamic extremism.
11. Israel has a right to nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.
12. The 1967 borders are indefensible and therefore unacceptable.

There they are, the Dirty Dozen...a dozen dirty ducks in formation....a flock of canards.

By: Loner on 5/4/13 at 2:01

Flying in, behind the main body, a few more canards for your canard-shooting pleasure...it's open season on canards....blow the duck call....here we go:

Canard List Cont'd:

13. Zionism enhances and ensures the survival of the Jewish people.
14. The Holocaust justified the partitioning of Palestine and the establishment of the Jewish state.
15. The Palestinians are an invented people with no long-term roots in Palestine.
16. Every Jewish person on earth has a right of return to Israel and has a right to Israeli citizenship.
17. Israel's nuclear arsenal has not already caused a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
18. It is the "Palestinians", not the Jews who are demanding pre-conditions for negotiations.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/4/13 at 4:35

The Jews are no different from any other human, corporate or country. Those who use their talents and assets almost always get there "fustest with the mostest"

This almost always seems unfair to those with the least talents and skills.

Fairness is something you profess. Reality and greed most often trump fairness.

Israel seems to understand the rules.

LONER, unquestionably makes astute observations about Israel and the United States government. However any one who thinks that his words are anything more than "Pith in the Wind" should be cognizant of paragraphs 1,2, and 3 of my post.

By: yogiman on 5/5/13 at 6:26

A rather harsh remark about Tennesseans beliefs on the Muslim faith, Mike. Is "our" disagreements political or religious?

Doesn't everyone think their personal religion is the only one God wants them to have?

By: Loner on 5/5/13 at 7:27

Getting ready to ride the big thumper into Albion....another beautiful day.

The Erie Canal has been re-filled for the season and the canal festivals are already underway.....cyclists biking in the towpath turned bikepath....folks fishing....boating....this is the 189th season for the Erie Canal....one of America's treasures. And I live right on a turning basin...what we call a widewaters....where the big barges can turn around, if needed.....it's like having lakefront property.

Here's a link to a canal festival that I attended last night:

http://www.brockportny.org/pdf/events/Low-Bridge-High-Water.pdf

Had a great meal....enjoyed great live music too.

By: yogiman on 5/5/13 at 9:03

How 'bout sending that weather down here, Loner. I getting confused if this is the spring time of the year or fall.

By: yogiman on 5/5/13 at 9:06

Uh oh, I meant "I'm" getting confused.

By: bfra on 5/5/13 at 9:37

Loner - Looks like lots of fun & activities for everyone. Have a good day & glad your weather must be better than ours today.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/5/13 at 10:02

There is no confusion to it, it is climate change.

Have a good time Loner!!!

By: Loner on 5/5/13 at 12:42

It's beautiful here today...has been for the past week...some folks are getting sunburnt already.

I'll be heading down to my Summer retreat area on June 1st....three weeks to get my stuff together and head out....I'm chomping at the bit.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/5/13 at 1:36

It sounds like you are having a good time, Loner. It is still cold and wet here.

By: yogiman on 5/5/13 at 6:23

Hang around, Loner, we're sending our weather up to you. Hope you enjoy it like we did.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/5/13 at 7:01

You know all of your predictions suck, yogi.