I happened to hear Cal Thomas’ daily commentary earlier today (April 3rd) and all I can say is “Ugh!”
SOMETIMES THE NEW YORK TIMES MAKES ME LAUGH. HERE’S THE HUMOROUS HEADLINE FROM SUNDAY’S PAPER: “ISLAMIST GROUP BREAKS PLEDGE TO STAY OUT OF RACE IN EGYPT.”
IN OTHER WORDS, MUSLIMS LIE, JUST AS THEY ARE INSTRUCTED TO DO TO INFIDELS BY THEIR KORAN. I HAVE PREDICTED THAT THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WANTED TO TAKE OVER EGYPT AND FOR THAT MATTER THE REST OF ARAB COUNTRIES. FEW WOULD LISTEN AND NO ONE AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT APPEARS TO BE LISTENING. THEY THINK DIPLOMACY AND SHOWING MUSLIMS ALL THE MOSQUES WE HAVE ALLOWED IN AMERCA WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND THEY WILL DECIDE NOT TO KILL US HERE IN AMERICA.
THOSE WHO BELIEVE THIS ARE FOOLS. YES, YOU HEARD ME. THEY ARE FOOLS. MUSLIMS PERSECUTE AND KILL JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN THEIR COUNTRIES. WHAT MAKES US THINK BEING NICE WILL MAKE THEM PERSECUITE LESS, OR CEASE FROM WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS THEIR MANDATE FROM ALLAH TO CONTROL THE WORLD?
THAT ISN’T “ISLAMOPHOBIA,” AS MY CRITICS CLAIM. IT IS WHAT MANY OF THEIR LEADERS SAY. GROUPS LIKE CAIR CANNOT AND WILL NOT DENY IT. I’M CAL THOMAS IN WASHINGTON.
(Spelling mistakes are in the original, and for the life of me I don’t understand why they need to publish the transcripts capitalized and in bold. It’s as if they don’t know it brands him as being nothing more than the stereotypical religious fundamentalist ignoramus.)
Reading the transcript made me cringe as much as I did when I heard it originally, and if his diatribe not an example of “Islamophobia” then the word has no meaning. It would be hard for anyone to cram more incendiary paranoia into a minute of broadcast time.
He opens with an “I told you so” whine about the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood reneging on its pledge not to run a candidate in the upcoming Presidential election in that country. Does he really think the New York Times is surprised that this has happened? I would be shocked if any serious observer of Middle Eastern politics had ruled out this development, yet Thomas believes himself to be a voice in the wilderness?
And unless Cal Thomas is a mind-reader, how does he know that they were always planning to run a candidate? Perhaps they made the pledge in good faith but then decided it would be more advantageous to them, to break the pledge and run. It’s not as though it’s never happened before. (“Read my lips…”)
But even if those dastardly Muslims were lying… “Stop the press!”– politicians lie! Politicians lie all the time. Muslim politicians lie. Mormon politicians lie. Christian politicians lie. Show me a politician and I will show you a liar. It doesn’t matter what religion they profess to adhere to.
Of course, Thomas isn’t satisfied with such mundane explanations. It all has to be part of a dark, nefarious plot to take over the entire world. (Cue deranged Dr. Evil cackle.) How do we know this? Well, says Thomas, we know this because that’s how all Muslims are told to think ergo, that’s what they must be thinking. (But, no, no, it’s not Islamophobia to believe that all Muslims want to take over the world, it’s all just a perfectly reasonable inference on iron-clad evidence… honest…).
But what if the Muslim Brotherhood, or Muslims in general, really do want to take over the world? Ignoring the fact that there isn’t any evidence beyond the usual religious rhetoric and empty threats from radical groups in no position to take over anything, what are the odds that any Muslim nation, or group of nations, will ever be in any position to carry out their supposed commandment to take over the world? Getting hold of a few nuclear weapons isn’t going to cut it, not when even a tiny country like Israel has enough fire power to annihilate a dozen Muslim nations at the press of a button. Even if it was the avowed intent of a large number of Muslims to take over the world for Allah, the threat would not be a credible one.
Ironically, if Muslims do yearn for the day when Islam reigns supreme over all the Earth, it’s nothing that millions of Christians haven’t done many times over the last two thousand years, and still do today. How does Cal Thomas think Christianity became the dominant religion in so many parts of the world — most of Africa, and all of Europe, North and South America? It wasn’t through love and gentle persuasion, that’s for sure.
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