I learn new things every day.  Today I’ve learned that apparently in order to be completely progressively PC, I cannot be wary, have reservations or have negative feelings of any kind regarding the motives or possible outcomes of any person who is elected for public office.  At least not based on that person’s religious affiliation.  It doesn’t matter if people are being killed and denied basic human rights in the name of that religion on a daily basis. 

It doesn’t matter that I would never question that person’s right to run for office and be elected and use whatever “Holy Book” he/she wants for the swearing-in ceremony.  If I have ANY negative feelings or concerns about it, then I’m a bigot.

Name-calling is okay, though – as long as the person being called a name is a conservative.   Glad to have that straight now. 

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3 Responses to “If you Mistrust Muslims or are “Uncomfortable” with them in any way – then You’re a BIGOT”

  1. Brian Says:

    I’ll throw in my two cents here, since I asked on your previous post how your views were more than simple bigotry. Bigotry is defined as an “irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion.” So if Muslims as a general group make you “uncomfortable” simply because they are Muslim, then that is bigotry. It is not name-calling to label it as bigotry any more than it is name-calling to label someone a Christian because they believe in the Risen Christ. Still, as Benjamin Franklin once said, fart proudly. We all adhere to various forms of bigotry whether we are consciously aware of them or not.

    My point of asking whether your views on Ellison were more than simple bigotry was not to call names, but to understand if your argument was more than simply being disgusted. If your view is just simple bigotry then there isn’t anything more to discuss. But if you have specific concerns about Ellison, and can express them, then you should do so. We all should feel justified in asking questions even at the risk of offending other people. How else are we going to understand each other?

     

    TMS: You wrote: Bigotry is defined as an “irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion.” So if Muslims as a general group make you “uncomfortable” simply because they are Muslim, then that is bigotry.

    I never wrote that I “hated” Muslims or that I had an “irrational” suspicion of them.  The discomfort I feel is totally rational and based on well documented events.

  2. Brian Says:

    I never accused you of hating Muslims. If that is how my comment read, I apologize. But I would argue your discomfort is irrational if you feel it toward Muslims as a singular group. If you are uncomfortable with someone simply because their theology falls within a certain label, that is irrational.

    This is not meant to be an accusation, simply a recognition. Irrationality is not necessarily a bad thing, and we are wise to listen to it at times. We also have to recognize that we are all guilty of it. I’m reminded of a time I was riding alone in an elevator, when halfway through my trip the door opened and a young woman was waiting to enter. She took one look at me and decided there was no way she was riding alone in an elevator with a large male primate. Her fear of me was irrational. I wasn’t surly or giving off threatening body language, I was simply male and a good 6 inches taller than her. But instead of taking offense, I recognized the legacy of testosterone and the many reasons for her fear, and kindly offered her the elevator for her private use.

    So I would still maintain that your discomfort with Muslims is irrational, but that’s okay. As I said earlier, if your argument is simply “this makes me uncomfortable,” then there is no more discussion to be had. But if you would like to discuss the underlying issues of that discomfort I would be open to that. It is in fact exactly what we are trying to encourage over at BraveHumans.

    TMS: And I would maintain that my discomfort is decidedly NOT irrational.  However, your refusal to acknowledge that there exists an obvious cause for that discomfort IS irrational.

  3. Brian Says:

    Fair enough. I’m irrational.

    I freely acknowledge there is CAUSE for your discomfort. You can look around the world and say “There sure is a whole lot of violence in the world being caused by Muslim extremists.” So I can understand why Muslims would make you uncomfortable.

    But let us take a different approach if we can. Muslims make you uncomfortable. Fine. There are legitimate reasons why this is the case. Fine. How then does this change? I mean, there are Americans who are Muslims. Born citizens even. It is their country as much as ours, so how do we get over this perfectly understandable discomfort. What could American Muslims do to assuage your concerns? As the first Muslim congressman, what could Ellison do?

    You recognize the rights of American Muslims, but have real concerns. Do we just live with them, or are there things we can do to reduce the concerns of non-Muslims and help integrate Muslim Americans into our society?

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