Free Speech…. NO! I Didn’t Mean ‘Theirs’!

Someone should tell Glenn Beck that is is terribly insensitive for him to have a “restoring honor” rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech and at the same location.  Haven’t we learned anything from the Ground Zero Mosque?  Obviously, this is not how I feel; I believe that the Ground Zero mosque can be built wherever the legal property owners want to build it, and we should give them the benefit of the doubt that they are going to operate as a peaceful mosque like so many other mosques in America do.  If the Northern Protestant Irishmen and women held the Catholic Church accountable for the sins of the IRA (and PIRA) as we do for Muslims, there wouldn’t be a single Catholic Church there.

But I digress: there is apparently something wrong with Glenn Beck’s rally, but not something wrong with the Ground Zero Mosque.  This is the stance some of our friends on the left are taking lately.  People are reacting worse to the Beck event than the Ground Zero Mosque as a matter of fact:

“We are going to take on the barbarism of war, the decadence of racism, and the scourge of poverty, that the Ku Klux — I meant to say the Tea Party,” Fauntroy told a news conference today at the National Press Club. “You all forgive me, but I — you have to use them interchangeably.”

So there are going to be counter-“Restoring Honor” rallies held to protest the people who are going to celebrate MLK’s dream, celebrate the brave men and women overseas, and celebrate the country and patriotism.  Apparently, these are topics that would offend the late Dr. King.  Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped Dr. King’s niece from supporting the “Restoring Honor” rally.  As a matter of fact, she is speaking at it.

What I am interested in seeing, is places like Wonkette and the DailyKos and Outside The Beltway, and how they are going to treat the counter-protesters.  Perhaps with the same venom and animosity as they have the Tea Party and counter-Ground Zero Mosquers?  I won’t put money on that!



4 Responses to “Free Speech…. NO! I Didn’t Mean ‘Theirs’!”
  1. Alix says:

    Nice Job RJ! I’ve been using the same IRA analogy too about the mosque!

  2. Magatha says:

    RJ, come on. You think the comments (including min) at that link to the “Outside The Betway” post display “venom and animousity”, or even a hint of a wish to supress anyone’s free speach right’s? You are being hypersensitive. The Wonkette piece, I do not know of it; I don’t read Wonkette.

    Okay. I have generously provided you with a half dozen opportunities to mock my grammar and spelling, thereby restoring balance to the universe. Have a nice weekend.

    • rj caster says:


      Perhaps tying the “OTB” post in with the “Wonkette” post was a bit harsh. OTB wasn’t so much “venom and animosity” and a bit more “supercilious” instead. I just think Mr. Mataconis and others like people at Frum’s site, or Mr. Bartlett, are all over zealous in mocking the grass roots energy on the right. I’ve always held close the idea that our character is defined by how we treat those with less than us I guess, even if that “less” is “their grammar/spelling is less good”… Thanks for the errors! My posts would be just as bad if it weren’t for our phenomenal Editor, Mr. Siggins!