Monday, April 02, 2007

We are all imams now

The backlash and the hysteria over the lawsuit brought by the flying imams have reached a fever pitch, and in a lot of places, too. It's about all that Katie can talk about. Not to mention Powerline, but Katie and Powerline have such a mutual admiration society going that it is difficult to call them separate sources.

Minneapolis lawyer Gerry Nolting, described as Hulk Hogan by our own Katie, has offered to defend any passengers who get sued under the "John Doe" complaint prepared by the imams' lawyer. Nolting is a partner of Powerline lawyer John Hinderaker.

Stevan Pearce, a Republican Congressman from New Mexico sponsored a bill intended to insulate people who speak up to report "suspicious behavior" so long as they act in "good faith." Frankly, the bill in its present form is so ambiguous that it couldn't be applied or enforced in any rational way.

And then there is Spot's favorite reaction, the one from the Filipino harridan Michelle Malkin:
Dear Muslim Terrorist Plotter/Planner/Funder/Enabler/Apologist,

You do not know me. But I am on the lookout for you. You are my enemy. And I am yours.

I am John Doe.

I am traveling on your plane. I am riding on your train. I am at
your bus stop. I am on your street. I am in your subway car. I am on
your lift.

I am your neighbor. I am your customer. I am your classmate. I am your boss.

I am John Doe.

I will never forget the example of the passengers of United Airlines
Flight 93 who refused to sit back on 9/11 and let themselves be
murdered in the name of Islam without a fight.

I will never forget the passengers and crew members who tackled al
Qaeda shoe-bomber Richard Reid on American Airlines Flight 63 before he
had a chance to blow up the plane over the Atlantic Ocean.

I will never forget the alertness of actor James Woods, who notified
a stewardess that several Arab men sitting in his first-class cabin on
an August 2001 flight were behaving strangely. The men turned out to be
9/11 hijackers on a test run.

I will act when homeland security officials ask me to “report suspicious activity.”

I will embrace my local police department’s admonition: “If you see something, say something.”

I am John Doe.

I will protest your Jew-hating, America-bashing “scholars.”

I will petition against your hate-mongering mosque leaders.

I will raise my voice against your subjugation of women and religious minorities.

I will challenge your attempts to indoctrinate my children in our schools.

I will combat your violent propaganda on the Internet.

I am John Doe.

I will support law enforcement initiatives to spy on your
operatives, cut off your funding, and disrupt your murderous

I will oppose all attempts to undermine our borders and immigration laws.

I will resist the imposition of sharia principles and sharia law in
my taxi cab, my restaurant, my community pool, the halls of Congress,
our national monuments, the radio and television airwaves, and all
public spaces.

I will not be censored in the name of tolerance.

I will not be cowed by your Beltway lobbying groups in moderate
clothing. I will not cringe when you shriek about “profiling” or


I will put my family’s safety above sensitivity. I will put my country above multiculturalism.

I will not submit to your will. I will not be intimidated.

I am John Doe.

If you're a black kid from Minneapolis attending Edina High School as an ABC student or under the "It's Your Choice" program, and you're driving home late one evening from doing homework with a friend, and the Edina cops stop you for "Driving While Black," you're an imam now. Well, okay, the ABC kids don't have cars, but still.

If you're a Hispanic teenager and you get kicked out of Maplewood Mall because you like red and black, or whatever colors that the mall decides are gang colors, you're an imam now.

If you're a single mother who moved out of Chicago or, gasp, Gary, Indiana to the Twin Cities to find a better place to raise your children, and face the stigma of being called a "welfare queen," you're an imam now.

If you're a middle-aged (we'll give him the benefit of the doubt), white, suburban lawyer who has always loved our country's democratic institutions and civil liberties, you're an imam now.

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