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March 10th, 2011
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RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Wisconsin Republicans push through an end to collective bargaining. Democrats cry foul, but the Senate Democrats couldn't even be bothered to participate in the debate.

– Rep. King's hearing on radical Islam is set to begin. A vocal minority is opposed to the hearing, but most seem to agree it is a valid hearing.

– iPad 2. It comes out tomorrow. Yay!

Talk Show Host and Online Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Modern Family: Latino’s continue to post huge census gains across the country as many State Democratic Party leaders ignore the obvious opportunity and national GOPers look to seize it.

– Curb Your Enthusiasm: Huckabee finds that enthusiastically embracing Tea Party rhetoric only works for elected officials who represent safe GOP districts and is not welcomed by the American mainstream as he backtracks on his false accusations regarding Obama’s upbringing and his attacks on motherhood itself.

– Two and a Half Men: Governor Walker tacitly admits he has been lying about the fiscal impact of collective bargaining just in time to meet the Koch duo's goal of destroying collective bargaining rights.

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  1. NotAFool

    Dear Rep. King: Forget ‘Radical’ — Islam is the Culprit

    Republican Congressman Peter King has strengthened his security in the wake of “hostile phone calls” and threats from overseas, as he is getting ready to chair a hearing on Islamic radicalization in the United States today.
    The Congressman’s hearing on this important issue, though much overdue, is perhaps the first step towards recognizing that Islam is the culprit, not radical Islam. Islam by its mere existence is radical. “There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it,” said Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and he’s absolutely right.
    Decades ago Marshall McLuhan observed, “The medium is the message.” As the print and electronic media penetrate more and more every aspect of life, their influence increases greatly in shaping views and the behavior of the public. The power of the media is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it can serve to expose injustices, wrongdoings, and flaws. On the other hand, it is able to propagate misinformation and outright disinformation.
    Manipulation and control of the media is of critical importance to the rule of totalitarian states. Free societies, although less subject to laundered information, are still at considerable risk of being selectively informed or misinformed outright. The overlords of the media can deceive the public more easily when political correctness is used as a subterfuge for the promotion of certain ideas.
    A case in point is the media’s portrayal of Islam, articulated by politicians and pundits — the talking heads on television and radio, as well as the analysts who write for newspapers and magazines. Time and again we hear and read that Islam is a religion of peace, in spite of the fact that Islam has been a religion of violence from its inception to the present. This mantra, “Islam is a religion of peace” is repeated so often that it has become an indisputable statement of fact in the minds of many.
    Even a cursory examination of Islam’s history and Islamic texts conclusively proves the exact opposite. Islam was, and continues to be, a movement of unbridled violence.
    Former President George W. Bush along with President Obama on several occasions have repeated the mantra and attributed the horrific violence committed under the banner of Islam to a small band of extremists. Both Presidents’ assertion is either based on ignorance of the facts about Islam or their attempt at political correctness. Perhaps President Bush’s reticence to speak about the true nature of Islam was due to his desire to avoid inflaming the already charged feelings by many about Islam and President Obama’s appeasing the Muslim world is another story. In any event, truth is sacrificed and the public continues to cling to the false notion that Islam is a peaceful religion. People who dare to disclose the true nature of Islam run the risk of being castigated as bigots and hatemongers.
    Meanwhile the courageous Congressman Peter King said: ‘I’m not going to give in to political correctness.’ Surrounded by a noticeably heavier security presence, Congressman King told CBS 2: “I’m getting a lot of hostile phone calls now, but the main threats I’m getting are from overseas.” What more one can expect from “the religion peace?”
    The pundits, the analysts and the politicians are doing a great disservice to the public, each segment for its own expedient reasons, by parroting the mantra regarding the peaceful nature of Islam. As a matter of fact, the so-called small band of Islamic extremists is the true face of Islam. Admittedly, from time to time and place to place, Muslims have shown a degree of tolerance for non-Muslims. This tolerance dates back to the very early years of Muhammad himself. Early on Muhammad was meek and proclaimed, “For you, your religion, and for me, my religion.” This assertion lasted but a few years until Muhammad’s movement gathered strength and Islam became the only alternative to death or heavy taxation. The imposition of ‘jizya’ was a clever ploy for filling the Islamic coffer to support its armies and to finance its further conquests.
    The liberal media and pundits engage in willful misinformation and deception when it suits them. Terms such as “Political Islam,” or “Radical Islam,” for instance, are contributions of this group. These terms do not even exist in the native parlance of Islam, simply because they are redundant. Islam, by its very nature and according to its charter — the Quran — is a radical political movement. It is the liberal media and politicians who sanitize Islam and misguide the populace by saying that “real Islam” constitutes the main body of the religion; and, that this main body is non-political and moderate.
    Regrettably, a large segment of the population goes along with these nonsensical euphemisms depicting Islam because it prefers to believe them. It is less threatening to believe that only a hijacked small segment of Islam is radical or politically driven and that the main body of Islam is indeed moderate and non-political.
    We must recognize that Islam is political to the core. In Islam the mosque and State are one and the same — the mosque is the State. This arrangement goes back to the days of Muhammad himself. Islam is also radical in the extreme. Even “moderate” Islam is radical in its beliefs as well as its deeds. Muslims believe that all non-Muslims, bar none, are hellfire bound and well deserve being maltreated compared to believers.
    While I salute Congressman Peter King for having the courage to discuss the issue of Islamic radicalization in the U.S, I warn my fellow Americans: remain a spectator at your own peril. It is imperative that you take a stand and do your part in pointing out that Islam is the culprit and do all you can to prevent the Islamic fire from devouring our civilized way of life and our republic.

    Amil Imani [from faith freedom]

    March 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  2. jutta

    Mr. Erickson, a vocal "minority"? Errare human est, sir!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  3. jutta

    The christian religion is ,as we all know, also a violent religion. Look into history

    March 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Marthin

      @Jamal, Point being, pelope have taken it upon themselves to talk and give opinions about something on television, yet have done next to nothing about doing anything to benefit Muslims or their community in the real world. True, true.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:21 am |
  4. Charlotte Coombes

    Mr. King,
    It seems to me that there is a void in leadership in the world.
    Where is inovation and ingenuity in the situation in Libya? Where are
    the leaders in governments and in industry? I watched the Sec. of State on C-Span today, and she kept saying how difficult it is. What does she think it is for the protestors? We had a no fly zone in Iraqi and in Boxnia. It may not save a massacre, but it would make MQ think twice before he trys, and it would be a show of recognition for the
    protestors. Paul Bugala is an example of a negative veiw that says it won't work. Read 1776 and see how negative the press was then.

    Take some action, don't just make excuses!! My message to the
    Gov leaders and to the press.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  5. Mohammed Peace

    Ladies and Gentlemen and Lovely Children,
    Yes, "Islam is a religion of peace" and peace is Islam.
    If you like to know the details of Peace, please contact the millions of converts to Islam in the world particularly in USA and Europe, especially after the Sep.11's 'conspiracy against Islam' incident until now, today and every day till the Dooms day, it will happen. I mean, the converting to Islam and embracing Islam will continue, inspite of Paul or Peter King's or Media's untiring and unending propogandas and hatred attitudes towards Islam.
    God promised, He will protect Islam and Qura'n. So, don't worry muslims by all these non sense and hatred propogandas and dirty politics, which will continue until the truth prevails. So, be patient, pray and forgive. Muslims,always remember Prophet Jesus and Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon them, said, "the best among you is the one who forgives". So, forgive and forget Peter King or any other King or Media or any other Ring of propogandas. Just follow your "Religion of Peace" truly in the light of Quran and Sunnah(teachings of Prophet Mohammed), PBUH. And God Willing we will be successful here and here after. And please pray to God, for all the non-muslims for right path of Guidance shown by all the Prophets of God, from Adam to Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Them.
    MUslims, please remember the Holy Quran, clearly says, "

    March 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm |