Grievance and resentment: keep the flame alive
After what seems like weeks of writing about guys hanging around in hangers (and not the one in Wright County, either) or checking the flanks, I mean ranks, of aspiring priests — okay; it was just a couple of weeks — she’s back to what she likes best: bashing Muslims.
According to Katie, the Muslims have beaten the First Amendment to the ground, cowing the media into silence. As evidence, she offers some examples of extremist Muslim imams threatening cartoonists.
The irony of having read about these things in the, um, media is of course lost on Kersten. But Katie says that the media have just caved:
But since 9/11, American media have increasingly caved to threats from radical Islam. The new norm is a self-censorship consistent with Muslim teaching that Islam must be free from insult, though other religions may be insulted at all times.
You know she’s right, don’t you? Literally every day you read some op-ed in papers all over the state dissing Jesus and his followers: Owatonna, Brainerd, Fergus Falls, and of course, the godless Twin Cities. It is a never-ending stream.
The best-known example of this double standard took place in 2005, when a handful of Danish cartoons mocking Mohammed sparked bloody riots throughout the Muslim world. American newspapers covered the protests closely. Yet only a handful of papers printed the cartoons that triggered the riots. Editors justified this self-censorship by invoking their "sensitivity" toward religious belief -- a quality rarely in evidence when the subject is Christianity.
Is Kersten complaining about the fact that the media have reported about widespread clergy abuse in the Catholic Church and the criminal enterprise to cover it up? Must be, because she remains vague on the subject.
You have to get to the end to find out is really eating Katie:
When the Rev. Terry Jones, a self-promoting crackpot, threatened to burn the Qur'an, public figures -- starting with President Obama -- lined up to denounce his intolerance. Apparently, none of these people has had the courage to do the same with Awlaki [a Muslim imam referred to in the column] and his henchmen, who pose a far greater danger.
Katherine Kersten is always on the lookout for smallest slight, and she finds them even when they aren’t there. Cutting the cake into serving pieces must have been hell for Katie’s parents.
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