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August 19, 2010

CNN Trots Out Brand Spanking New Argument In Favor Of Mosque; So Delighted With Its Novelty, They Run With It All Day

The new argument? The argument put forth in an column that is a "must-read," CNN editorializes?

What is this new argument, you ask?

Well, here is the new argument. As promised.

Are you ready?

No, I mean, are you really ready?

Because this is quite new.

Okay, enough preamble. CNN's new argument, their new take is...

You're all racist.

Okay, it's not new-new, but certainly it is new enough for CNN to spend an entire day on.

Question: Is it time to return the Stars and Bars to the South Carolina State House?

I ask because I thought the rule was that an understandable revulsion to the memory of an emotionally-wounding time was enough to win out over a noisy, self-promoting group's determination to advertise its views in a prominent, highly-symbolic area... but now I find that's not so true, not so true.

So -- Confederate flag at the SC statehouse again?

Because the people flying the flag there say they too have good, non-objectionable motivations for doing so -- a reminder of heritage, honoring the dead, etc., etc. But previously we have shown skepticism towards their claimed motivations, and also decided their motivations were irrelevant -- it wouldn't even matter, we decided, if their motives were pure; the important thing was the Confederate flag was too hurtful to have near the people's house of government.

Again, so I now find out this isn't the rule anymore.

So if it's not the rule anymore: Why can't we have the Confederate flag at the SC statehouse?

Yes, I know, blacks (and others, including whites) consider it offensive and a nasty reminder of a national tragedy; but the spokesmen from Cordoba House have a response to such concerns, and that response is "Fuck yourself, get over it already."

So why doesn't that work in South Carolina, too?

Why should we not take this "Fuck yourself, get over it already" principle of moderate Muslim outreach wide and apply it to other emotionally-charged scenarios?


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