[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
Okay, we are in for another long one, so buckle up. What I want to talk about is what many on the left have been doing all week. But you have to start with history, the story of another American tragedy.
On September 15, 1963, a bomb went off in the 16th St. Baptist Church, in Birmingham, Alabama. It killed four little girls as they attended Sunday school. This video from the History Channel provides a nice backgrounder:
People had died before at the hands of the Klan, but that unique combination of young children and dying in the house of God shocked this nation like few other incidents. But God has a way of wringing good out of evil. Those are not my words, but the words that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke when standing next to the graves of three of those girls and a boy killed during the unrest that followed. The eulogy he delivered was in truth a classic funeral oration, which at times clearly hearkened back to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Only where Lincoln suggested that we dedicate ourselves to fighting for the cause those soldiers had died for, Dr. King suggested that we should fight against the thing that killed those little girls. He said, in pertinent part:
These children—unoffending, innocent, and beautiful—were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity. Yet they died nobly. They are the martyred heroines of a holy crusade for freedom and human dignity.
And so this afternoon in a real sense they have something to say to each of us in their death. They have something to say to every minister of the gospel who has remained silent behind the safe security of stained-glass windows. They have something to say to every politician [Audience:] (Yeah) who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism. They have something to say to a federal government that has compromised with the undemocratic practices of southern Dixiecrats (Yeah) and the blatant hypocrisy of right-wing northern Republicans. (Speak) They have something to say to every Negro (Yeah) who has passively accepted the evil system of segregation and who has stood on the sidelines in a mighty struggle for justice. They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. (Mmm) They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American dream.
And so my friends, they did not die in vain. (Yeah) God still has a way of wringing good out of evil. (Oh yes) And history has proven over and over again that unmerited suffering is redemptive. The innocent blood of these little girls may well serve as a redemptive force (Yeah) that will bring new light to this dark city. (Yeah. Mmm) The holy Scripture says, “A little child shall lead them.” (Well) The death of these little children may lead our whole Southland (Well) from the low road of man’s inhumanity to man to the high road of peace and brotherhood. (Yeah) These tragic deaths may lead our nation to substitute an aristocracy of character for an aristocracy of color. The spilled blood of these innocent girls may cause the whole citizenry of Birmingham (Yeah) to transform the negative extremes of a dark past into the positive extremes of a bright future. (Mmm) Indeed, this tragic event may cause the white South to come to terms with its conscience. (Yeah)
And so I stand here to say this afternoon to all assembled here that in spite of the darkness of this hour, (Well) we must not despair. (Well) We must not become bitter, (Yeah. That’s right) nor must we harbor the desire to retaliate with violence. (Mmm) No, we must not lose faith in our white brothers. (Yeah) Somehow we must believe that the most misguided among them can learn to respect the dignity and the worth of all human personality.
One can never be sure what exactly helped awaken our nation’s conscience on this issue. But it cannot be denied that this incident and Dr. King’s success in shaping it into an indictment of racism generally was a significant factor. In contrast with Dr. King’s lofty rhetoric only months before with his “I Have a Dream” speech, he gave us a glimpse of what love could give us. This speech showed us where hate led us.
This is what the left has been trying to do all week. This is the template that animates their thoughts. They wanted to recreate that moment, to turn the death of Giffords into an indictment on the right, to stop “horrors” like the repeal of Obamacare.
The problem was deeper than simply the reality that the facts were not following “the narrative.” With the deaths of those four little girls, it made sense to blame racism generally. Racism led people to think of their fellow humans as less than human, to consider their lives and their sacred rights to be worthless. It was right to blame racism, and equally complacency about racism for those murders. But how does opposition to high taxes lead to that? Or how about opposition to the Obamacare mandate? It just doesn’t work. You can say that racism does uniquely breed violence, but you can’t say opposition to high taxes leads to violence any more than support for high taxes does.
But there is something that fits this template effortlessly. There is a belief system that kills and not just once in a while, but constantly, as a natural outgrowth of it. Over and over again, adherents to that ideology dehumanize others and that hatred and dehumanization leads directly to murder.
What am I talking about? Islamofascism, for lack of a better word. That hateful breed of Islam. And if we were going to be consistent in the use of that template, September 11 should have been our 16th St. Bombing.
I am not about to say that Islam itself is inherently evil. I can’t purport to know one way or the other. But we can say that in the Islamic world, there is a real problem of prejudice and hatred. This is uniquely targeted at the Jews, but really it exists anywhere between the Islamofascists and the infidels. And of course to an Islamofascist, a decent Muslim often counts as an infidel.
Consider again Dr. King’s words. Just as those dead children had something to say to America, the dead on 9-11 had something to say to the world.
“[These four little girls] have something to say to every minister of the gospel who has remained silent behind the safe security of stained-glass windows.”
And the dead on 9-11 have something to say to every good Imam who has held his tongue.
“They have something to say to every politician [Audience:] (Yeah) who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism.”
And to the leaders of the Islamic world who have given their people stale bread of intolerance and the spoiled meat of anti-Semitism.
“They have something to say to a federal government that has compromised with the undemocratic practices of southern Dixiecrats (Yeah) and the blatant hypocrisy of right-wing northern Republicans. (Speak)”
And to a UN which is not ashamed to put nations like Libya in charge of human rights and to our government which has chosen the dictator we like over the democrat we didn’t.
“They have something to say to every Negro (Yeah) who has passively accepted the evil system of segregation and who has stood on the sidelines in a mighty struggle for justice.”
And to every “infidel” (broadly defined) who has done the same.
“They say to each of us, black and white alike…”
and Muslim and non-Muslim alike…
“…that we must substitute courage for caution. (Mmm) They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers.”
The template fits. But too many on the left, always so eager to try to apply this template in situations where it doesn’t apply, have no interest in following it here.
Quick question: If the media really thinks Sarah Palin’s political map with crosshairs encourages political violence, why do they keep showing it? Aren’t there more potential victims “targeted” on that map?
The media never showed the Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad because they really were scared it would trigger violence (against them). So we know they’ll self-censor when they truly believe violence can happen. That they keep reproducing the Palin map suggests they know it doesn’t inspire violence after all.
They know that Islamofascism is every bit as virulent and evil as racism was in 1960’s America. And they know in their hearts of hearts that Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, etc. are not really dangerous. But while eager to try to pretend there is a 16th Street bombing moment every other week instituted by people who are only their political enemies, the American left largely ignores the real thing: September 11 and the countless terror attacks that have followed.
And that is the shameful hypocrisy of this entire display.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]
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