Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Color Stupid

Well-known Novelist, Playwright and Journalist Naomi Ragen writing at her blog:
The election of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi  to the presidency of Egypt should have elicited a worldwide shudder of outrage in all peace- and freedom-loving people.

Literature, it seems, is always foremost as a tool in ideological wars. I think of Nazi book burnings and the banning of everything, including the Bible, in Saudi Arabia. I think of my own war with ultra-Orthodox extremists who want to take my books off the shelves because they don’t promote the haredi self-image of a holier-than- thou society. And I have to mention The Color Purple author Alice Walker’s recent decision to ban her own book from being translated into Hebrew as part of her support for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, which was launched in “peace-loving” Ramallah in April 2004 and is adamantly opposed to peace or cultural exchanges.

Walker once famously wrote on her blog: “Jesus, a Palestinian, is still being crucified,” and told interviewer Jesse Rosenfeld that “[Israeli] settlers are the [Klu Klux] Klan.” She was also quoted in The Guardian as saying: “Israel is as frightening to many of us as Germany used to be.” The latter was part of her “Why I’m joining the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.”

She never did join the flotilla. And I never did read her book, in any language, but I saw the movie. As I recall, it was all about black men abusing black women, raping their daughters, etc. I’m so happy that this great feminist has decided to channel the fame she’s earned from her strong message into supporting a society in which women are routinely beaten, raped and murdered in honor killings.

Unfortunately, this Pulitzer Prize-winning author is not alone in her delusions. A surprising number of respected writers and journalists are feeding similar delusions and misinformation to millions of people.

What all these hate-promoters seem to have in common is their blatant selectivity in ignoring the history and crimes of the terrorists with whom they loudly align themselves.

Take the election of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi to the presidency of Egypt, something which should have elicited a world-wide shudder of outrage in all peace- and freedom-loving people.

Instead, we got this from David D. Kirkpatrick of The New York Times: “After 84 years as a secret society struggling in prisons and shadows of monarchs and dictators, the Brotherhood is now closer than ever to its stated goal of building an Islamist democracy in Egypt.

Oh my, what a heart grabber! I mean, if I didn’t know anything about the Muslim Brotherhood, I might have thought after reading this that they were founded by Mother Teresa’s brother. They want a “Muslim democracy”? Could have fooled me.........

h/t: Pam

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