Carol Platt Liebau: Clarification Needed

Friday, September 07, 2007

Clarification Needed

According to this piece, New York's annual Muslim Day Parade has been moved by its leaders from the last Sunday of September, when it's usually held, to Sunday the 9th, right before the sixth anniversary of 9/11. What's more, its grand marshal will be Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, whose history includes remarks like this.

Perhaps all of this is just a big coincidence, but Muslim leaders need to come out and make that clear. Otherwise, it looks suspiciously like the parade -- and its marshal -- are celebrating extremist, terrorist version of Islam, a far cry from the "religion of peace."


Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

Actually, Mr. Ellison's comparison was right on the nose. (For those of you who didn't read the linked article, Mr. Ellison pointed out that 9/11 was the trigger for the suspension of some individual rights, and became a political justification for war. He then pointed out that the Reichstag fire in 1933 served a similar purpose for the Nazis.) The comparison is apt in that in both cases a national tragedy was exploited by a government to pursue political objectives that would not have been possible prior to the tragedy. It is inapt in that the Reichstag fire is thought to have been set by the Nazis, while the Bush Administration had nothing to do with 9/11. It is also inapt in that the Nazis went much further than the Bush Administration has gone. Nevertheless, I consider it a useful comparison. Perhaps it is inappropriate for public consumption in that most of the American public wouldn't know the Reichstag fire from a forest fire.

"Muslim leaders need to come out and make that clear."

Make what clear?

As to your suspicion that the parade is celebrating an extremist terrorist version of Islam -- boy, is THAT ever a non-sequitur! Whatever inspired you to think this?

10:12 AM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

Why not have a Hitler day around the time of Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) wis is commemorated on 27th January each year. And a Tojo day December 6 or 8. December 7 also led to restrictions on rights. Wars are fought and won by not living a normal life. cn seems to like his libery but not understand the need to defend it.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

stackja1945, your comment confirms the point made by Mr. Ellison -- that people use 9/11 as an excuse to trash the Constitution. That's exactly what you appear to be doing.

9:11 PM  

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