The Left’s Culture of Hate


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I recently wrote about leftists’ hatred for conservatives as people, not merely for conservative ideas. Demonization of opponents is a fundamental characteristic of the left. It is not merely tactical; they believe people on the right are bad. (Here’s a test: Ask someone on the left if active support of California Proposition 8 — retaining the man-woman definition of marriage — was an act of hate.)

A related defining characteristic of the left is the ascribing of nefarious motives to conservatives. For the left, a dismissal of conservatives’ motives is as important as is dismissal of the conservatives as people. It is close to impossible for almost anyone on the left — and I mean the elite left, not merely left-wing blogs — to say “There are good people on both of sides of this issue.” From Karl Marx to Frank Rich of The New York Times, this has always been the case.

In the left’s worldview, conservative opponents of affirmative action cannot be driven by concern for blacks — opposition is animated by racists; conservative opponents of illegal immigration are animated by racism and xenophobia; opposition to abortion is a function of sexism; President Bush went to war for oil and American imperialism; and conservative supporters of retaining man-woman marriage hate gays.

This is not true of elite conservatives. Leading conservative columnists, leading Republicans, etc., rarely depict liberals as motivated by evil. Conservatives can say “There are good people on both sides of the issue” because we actually believe it.

Almost any contentious issue would provide proof of the left’s need to attack motives, but the proposed Islamic center and mosque near ground zero provides a particularly excellent example.

I have not come across a mainstream leftist description of opponents of the mosque/Islamic center being built near ground zero that has not ascribed hate-filled, intolerant, bigoted, “Islamophobic” or xenophobic motives to those who oppose the mosque. Contrast this with how mainstream opponents of the mosque describe the proponents of the mosque and you will see an immense divide between right and left in the way they talk about each other.

Here are but a few examples of how mainstream proponents of the mosque describe opponents and their motives:

Michael Kinsley, editor at large, The Atlantic: “Is there any reason to oppose the mosque that isn’t bigoted, or demagogic, or unconstitutional? None that I’ve heard or read.”

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Blog, Aug. 19, 2010: “The far right wing has seized on the issue as an occasion for fanning hatred against Muslims.”

Tony Norman, columnist, Pittsburgh Post Gazette: “… a handful of politicians who cynically conflate the religion of American Muslims with the nihilism of the 9/11 terrorists.”

Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic blog: “The pursuit of power through demagoguery.”

Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast, associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York (in a column titled “America Has Disgraced Itself”): “In today’s GOP, even bigotry doesn’t spare you from bigotry.”

“GOP leaders call them (those building the mosque) terrorists because they don’t share Benjamin Netanyahu’s view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“And oh yes, my fellow Jews, who are so thrilled to be locked arm in arm with the heirs of Pat Robertson and Father Coughlin against the Islamic threat.”

And in a Politico column titled “Decency Lost”: “Republicans are clawing over each other to demonize Muslims.”

HuffingtonPost, Allison Kilkenny: “This mock piety is really a cover for Islamophobia.”

“Indeed, America is extremely hostile — not only to Islam — but to anyone who gives off the air of being exotic, or different.”

“Xenophobia is really a convenient cover for a deeper bigotry.”

HuffingtonPost, James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute:

“Shame. Your bigoted appeals to fear and intolerance disgrace us all and put our country at risk in the world.”

New York Times editorial: “Republican ideologues, predictably … spew more of their intolerant rhetoric.”

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  • BS77

    Thanks Dennis….great column as usual. Rush pointed out today how, for decades, the radical left has demonized religion, never supported it….railed against prayer in schools, the use of the Bible for moral guidance or as even literature, demanded crosses and Christmas displays be taken down…..and sued to have the Ten Commandments removed from a court house…..now, all of a sudden, the left is rabid about defending "religious freedom" in supporting a mosque steps from Ground Zero. The hypocrisy and callousness of the left is all too apparent. They make it plain they despise the USA, and care nothing about propriety, decency or common sense. The issue is not "freedom of religion"….to the infantile leftists, it's just more of their typical temper tantrums …

    • Spider

      BS77 – I agree the American left has spend decades demonizing Christians for their practices and beliefs. They (the left) have teamed with the ACLU to perpetrate legal "warfare" to take prayer out of our schools, ban nativity scenes and attack the Boy Scouts for their Christian family values. (almost a crime against humanity) Now all of the sudden they are vehemently supporting 1st amendment religious rights???

  • Ken

    Hypocrisy is a trademark of the leftist idealogy. They will support and defend anything that furthers their agenda. Then, when it becomes inconvenient or not useful, it is quickly abandoned and forgotten, added to the growing list of things, ideas, organizations, etc, corrupted by these self-serving hypocrites.

  • JPat

    It is called "Critical Theory" and was developed at The Frankfurt School. Do a google…

  • punditwannabe

    Just thinking, wouldn't one be a bit insane NOT to be "afraid" , perhaps even "phobic", about a group of people bent on KILLING you?? 7% of Islamic extremists equal 80 million people, no small number. Groveling and appeasement never works, but maybe, just maybe……..

  • Chezwick_Mac

    PRAGER: "A related defining characteristic of the left is the ascribing of nefarious motives to conservatives."

    RESPONSE: I've seen it in my own family. Hatred of Bush was so hysterical that the motive for Iraq became ":oil", "Haliburton", "self-enrichment", etc.

    I tried to explain that a principled opposition to the war was certainly understandable (many conservatives were opposed to the nation-building exercise), but that by ascribing such base motives, they were de-legitimizing their opposition and descending into mindless hysterics. Did they actually believe that Bush and Cheney sat around a table, rubbing their hands in anticipatory glee, discussing how to get rich on the blood of American servicemen? It's preposterous!

    It all comes back to something I wrote here before…how the Left's opposition morphed from concern for innocent Iraqis before the war to indifference to their fate once pre-mature withdrawal meant civil war (because withdrawal was ALL they wanted, damn the consequences).

    When ascribing motive, it is the Left with the problem. Whatever argument-dejour they are employing, it is secondary to their single most pronounced knee-jerk impulse, which is to denigrate, weaken and subvert the greatest republic the world has ever known, the United States of America.

    • budsson2

      Its transference. Its the same thing that makes honest people vulnerable to con men.
      Liberals have no morals and therefore believe that everybody operates from the same lying, deceitful, hypocritical, ends justify the means motives that they do.
      They have learned one lesson that makes them very formidable though. Consistency. No matter how glaring their lies and hypocrisy, they will not be derailed from their method. Remember,"tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth".

  • mken

    Hey, whatever happened to debate in this country? I don't hate people because they don't believe the same things I believe. I WANT to hear and discuss other opinions and ideas, it makes me a better person.

  • The Patriot

    About September 11th:

    1683–Muslim invaders of Europe stopped at the gates of Vienna

    2001–World Trade Center and nearby buildings destroyed

    2011–Planned completion dates for…
    ……….Flight 93 Memorial Crescent 'Circle' and tower in the middle–a design that points directly to Mecca
    ……….The Ground Zero Obama Mosque.
    ……….The 'Freedom Tower' of 'One World Trade Center,' owned in part by Saudi, UAE and other Middle Eastern interests.

    Look these up yourselves. THEN rationalize how these aren't acts of conquest.

  • Verily1

    Liberals are so busy playing 'open-minded', their brains fell out

  • stephencuz

    IT seems the war cry is Tolerance. Anything that isn't tolerant is, well, not tolerable. Now lets ask after Islam. I believe it should be called out. Our issue isn't with Muslims but rather the Governing of Living System called Islam. Does it meet these "Tolerance" standards? Lets just look at a few and have their "Experts" comment. (more in comments)

    • MsJuJuB

      "Tolerance is the virtue of a man without conviction". G.K.Chesterton.
      I am amazed that these Leftists are rabid in their support of the most intolerant form of government and religion (Islam and Sharia) in the history of man. The Left always runs in droves toward evil, brutality, despots, dictatorships and the infliction of restraint/damage on the average American. Without even a miniscule understanding of Islam, we have Progressives, quasi-celebrities, newcasters and over-the-hill politicians running to the aid of an Iman that wants America a Sharia compliant country. Someone should give classes in the truth,history,goals and writings of Islam and shock the h-ll out of these folks.

  • stephencuz

    To be a "Good Muslim" you MUST accept the Koran without question. Tolerant? The Koran says women are subservient to men. Tolerant? The Koran syas if you decide to leave Islam after having believed you deserve death. Tolerant? If you are homosexual you should also die. Tolerant? If your family,thinks you dishonored them they can take any action they feel appropriate including killing you. Tolerant? The Koran tells its followers to not be a friend of the Christian or Jew. In fact, it instructs followers to kill them "The stones and trees will say to you Oh Muslim, come there is a jew hiding behind me, come kill him." Tolerant? Am I missing something here? Would you (on the left) tolerate my entering your home in order to subjugate you and instill my rule over you with your only option subservience or death? Tell me again why America must show tolerance for such a system. Explain why people like Bloomberg calls Islam a "Greatr Teligion." IT is a Socio-Theo-Political System that is insidious and unrelenting in its goal of dominating the world and subjugating all people to its tenants. THIS is NOT TOLERANCE!

  • hikerdude

    When Islam builds Churches and Synogogues in Saudi Arabia , Iran ,Iraq ,Egypt and Somalia ,I will believe the "Ground Zero Mosque" is a bridge to religious tolerence. Get a clue you people drinking the "Politically Correct MSM Kool Ade" are in denial which paves the path to "Insanity". George Orwell pulls your covers when he said and I am paraphrasing ,"When Universal Deception is the rule ,speaking the truth is revolution."
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

  • tagalog

    I wish I understood why it seems to be a consistent characteristic of the Left that one must demonize those who disagree with them. The Soviets under Lenin, Stalin, and all their successors, the Red Chinese, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, and all of the Left who obtained power by one means or the other, all of them do it. The tendency seems come with having Leftist views. I suppose in the most general sense, it's a reaction to those who don't believe human beings are perfectible. My favorite bit of this tendency is that when there's a vote and the Leftists lose, the People, whose best interests they purport to represent and be seeking, suddenly are stupid idiots.

    • blotto

      Tagalog: IMHO I believe that lefties are so virulent is because they know that everything they stand for is a lie. Nothing in their intellectual paradigm is real. It is all a lie. The men you mentions who are the heroes of the left were all liars and murderers.

      So they know they cannot win a debate on merit therefore they must use the Alyinski method to at least ruin any debate without outright losing it.

      I wrote this a few months ago. Hope it helps.
      Progressives: That which you (they) cannot debate, you denigrate; that which you cannot empathize, you dehumanize; that which you cannot create, you destroy (America); that which you cannot have, you steal; that which you cannot understand, you discredit; that which you cannot love, you hate; that which you cannot believe, you curse.

  • PAthena

    The self-designated "Left" are at best socialists, but probably communists at heart, who want tyrannical power. They think that they know everything and have no respect for liberty. The names they call those they disagree with, e.g. "bigots," "racists," etc. actually describe themselves.

  • Umhuh

    The only congruent and consistent behavior pattern of the left is this, oppose anything conservatives are for.

    To many of the left, freedom of speech has one purpose, to voice opposition, and the only thing they choose to oppose is conservative positions.

    Viewed through this lens, all their hypocrisy makes sense. The left don't have to think, they don't have to be rational players, all they need to do to figure out what their position should be is to pick the position that is diametrically opposed from the conservative position.

    When they are standing shoulder to shoulder with Islam, do they care about Islam? Do they consider they consequences of their actions? No, opposing the conservative position is all they need to know.

  • BS1977

    Freedom of Religion: Not at all absolute. Those who practiced animal sacrifice, polygamy or advocated dangerous or criminal behavior…were all strictly limited by the courts….The left made sure "freedom of religion" meant the end of all Christmas displays, observances in public schools, the end of school prayer, the end of the Bible as a reference for literature, history or moral standards, the removal of crosses and the Ten Commandments from a courthouse….but now….OHHHH, the lefts are so passionate about the "freedom of religion", especially when it comes to a fifteen story mega mosque that will look down on the 9/11 crater….These "religious leftists" are hypocrits and fools….

  • Brian

    Mmmm. Seems to me that the comments expressed here is thinly disguised disdain and contempt for the left. Could it be hatred? Well, I can only speak for myself and my close friends and family. I hate any any enemy of the USA and the the left represents America's enemy. They have always aligned themselves with our enemies without.

    Quote: Conservatives can say “There are good people on both sides of the issue” because we actually believe it." I don't believe that for one minute. I will not associate with a Democrat or a RINO or any lefty or communist under any circumstances because we are at war and they have chosen sides.
    Even if we temporarily take control of the house and the senate again, we still have nearly half or more the population that are anti-American in one way or another. Unrelenting leftist propaganda is effective.
    McCain wins in Arizona. My God!!! What have we become?
    Those who still support Obama are foreigners in my own land and I'm not ashamed to say that I hate them.
    Because of the lefts extensive and growing control of the government at all levels, our days are numbered. The culture has sufficiently transformed into something quite unrecognizable during the last two generations and the Barbarians are thru the gates. All by design, I might add.
    Let us pray that by some miracle, we will restore the vision of our founders.
    History suggests otherwise.

    The Tea Party movement is a huge breath of fresh air. If we want to win this thing, we must not only have the guts to define our enemy as is done on these pages, we must also hate them and defeat them as did my father with our enemies in WW II. We have a much more formidable enemy within and appeasement just won't do.
    What will you do if we can't win this war at the ballet box?????

    • Dennis X

      Van Jones is still right.

    • zsqpwxxeh

      War at the Ballet Box: The Swan Lake Campaign.

    • Sorge

      I talked with a black security guard who was a very nice guy, had been a productive company man, and also thought Bush (W) was evil. I have a aunt who is very nice, but also believes Bush was evil and wished the worst for him. Neither of these people are Marixists, in fact the security guard was in our military for a while.
      I have to wonder though, whether Obama is motivated by dark emotions of destruction. Destruction of an unequal-outcome but equal opportunity economy, and a small government/maximum liberty heritage that the founders intended. If so, we have to oppose with with very determined emotions ourselves. Maybe we should use the word evil ourselves

  • Jim Johnson

    Non sense I say to Dennis: The Left is full of love for any person or movement that hates the American people and wishes to do us in.

  • Ron

    I'm a Conservative and I agreed with Mr. Prager's statement that "Conservatives say there are good people on both sides of the issue." in the nation 30-40 years ago.

    However, I've been the target of too many mainstream leftwing attacks as this country has split further and further apart the last 30-40 years to believe that any more!!!

    Those on the left truly DO Hate any and all persons who oppose them in any way. They'll be "nice" to you, knowing you to be a conservative, only as long as you keep your mouth shut and don't do anything to oppose any of their agendas!

    No one on the left "debates issues" any more with facts and reason. They attack viciously anyone who says anything they don't like, or doesn't make the same lifestyle choices they do!!

    Their HATE is obvious!! And, they will use the law or anything else to force you to do as they say unless you "go along quietly"!

    All of them use the same tactics and the same words to attack! And, more violence by far such as rioting, vandalism, even domestic terrorism in America comes from people and groups on the left all way back to the 1960's and 1970's!!

    I for one will not play nice anymore!! Their attacks against me have made me hate them as viciously as they hate me! And, if attacked, I will come back at them with everything I have!!

    Call me racist, or x-phobe, whatever, it means nothing because the left either makes up or redefines words and phrases to fit their own chosen meanings so they can use them as weapons.

    This nation, in my humble belief, has become divided by ideological and moral issues way past the point of no return. Our once proud Republican democracy is dead and gone. It's time to split up into two or more separate entities. We can do it peacefully; or, not!!

    But it will be done!!

    Ron A, WI

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    Muhammad Hisham Kabbani a Muslim leader in the U.S., warned the State Department in early 1999 that extremists had "taken over 80 percent of the mosques" in the United States. Imam Rauf is an extremist in sheeps clothing. Do we want him preaching hatred next to Ground Zero?

  • Sarge

    How long before we all realize that it's separation of Christian Church and State, not simply separation of Church and State. Why didn't all the Democrats and Liberals come to the aid of the Mojave Desert cross, Ten Commandments in court houses, teachers wearing a crucifix, etc, as they did with the ground zero Mosque? Why is the imam being paid with federal tax dollars to roam around the world to spread his poison?

  • Samurai Hit Woman

    Maybe its time to stop letting the accusation of a phobia have any meaning for us. Its just a ploy to silence us and has no meaning beyond that. So let's say this is the case and move on undeterred.

  • trickyblain

    By FPM/Prager standards I am indeed on the left. All of those quotes Prager lists about the mosque are true – read any discussion forum about the issue on a rightwing blog. These people make no bones about sweeping staements about Islam, based on the actions of 19 vile terrorists 10 years ago. Tell us the definition of bigotry and prejudice.

    And it is absurd to claim that "conservatives" are all open and friendly to liberals. How many of them think the president is a Muslim? Or a foreign usurper? Or a Communist? Since these ideas are not based on actual policy decisions (like the roots of most of the left's disapproval of Bush) or reality, it's not hard to draw my conclusions. Or when Glenn Beck claims to grasp American history and misinforms wildly. There are really people out htere who now think that conserrvatives started the Civil Rights movement. That it's a conservative cause. Not. Even. Close.

    I don't hate them. I just think they are certifiably insane.

    • sam torrance

      You say conservatives are insane to think Obama is a Communist. But ask Dr. John C Drew, who knew Barack Obama in his younger days at Occidental College, and who says that Barack was a pure Marxist. John himself was a Marxist at the time, and his girlfriend told him that Barry (Barak’s original name) was ‘one of us’. He says that Barack believed that the government was rigged so that it created poverty, and the only solution was redistribution of wealth. Barack also approved of the Soviet Union.

      • trickyblain

        Yes, they are.

        Barack is his original name. It's right there on the birth certificate that your cohorts claim does not exist.

        Drew met Obama, he says, twice. Informally. Drew says he became a Republican becuase he was angry about affirmative action – blaming the program for his inability to get a job. He says he talked about Marxism with young Obama and that's why he thinks he's s communist, There are thousands of folks who've known Obama before and since, yet you adhere to one man who claims he is a Marxist. depite his tangible policies and actions.

        Insane may be a strong word. But beleiving what you wnat, despite all evidence to the contrary, says something.

    • blotto

      Tricky you make it too easy.

      " Since these ideas are not based on actual policy decisions (like the roots of most of the left's disapproval of Bush) or reality."

      So the take over of our financial industry and many banks is not marxist? The take over of GM and Chrysler is not marxist? The takeover of our health care system is not marxist? The subverting of congress by appointing 41 or so czars is not marxist? The list goes on and on.

      Go back to Kos for a refresher course before coming here to debate. Tool!!

      • trickyblain

        Czars? You can thank Reagan for that idea. And the word "czar," to an educated person, would conotate the reverse of Marxism, being as how the Marxists overthrew them and all. The takeover of our healthcare system? You mean the requirement that all individuals buy insurance from a private company? With no public option? How did he "take over" the finaincial system? Which banks does the govrnment own? And does the government currently own GM and Chrysler? No.

        Marxism is a pretty distinct ideology – no private ownership: the gov't owns everything. A pretty far cry from the current state of affairs.

    • aspacia

      I agree with Prager because I have yet to have a valid argument from any liberal regarding various issues.

      For example, you claim Beck distorts American history. As a historian, member of Phi Alpha Theta, and graduating Cum Laude I have yet to find any of Beck's claims regarding U.S. history invalid. Wilson was a racist; this is a well-known fact. Progressive inspiration does stem from communist/socialist theory. This is a fact. Nazism is a form of totalitarian socialism: "n. pl. Na·zis
      1. A member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, founded in Germany in 1919 and brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler.
      2. often nazi An adherent or advocate of policies characteristic of Nazism; a fascist.
      adj.
      Of, relating to, controlled by, or typical of the National Socialist German Workers' Party."

      Nope, you are the one mistaken regarding erroneous claims.

  • vladdy

    What makes you think our feelings about islam are bases solely on 9-11? Read "The Legacy of Jihad," by Andrew Bostom. Go to "The Relion of Peace" website to see the thousands of attrocities committed by muslims every year. Read the story of women who have been lashed and stoned in islamic countries. There's a lot you aren't aware of.

    It's interesting that you say thinking BHO is muslim is hateful. Don't you see, if he is, he has subverted our country and constitution and that he has continually lied?

    The left's hatred of Bush was not based on policy. They compared him to Hitler and said he purposely lie about WMD (ever hear about the trucks going to Syria?) and went to war for oil. Michael Moore made whole movies based on such unsubstantiated claims. (con't)

    BO's policies and background lead us to believe he is communist. If you have read about the people he has associated with all his life, you know better than to say its based on ill-will. (con't)

  • vladdy

    Glen Beck? Give exanples, please? I've never known him to "misinform wildly." But that IS the kind of ad hominen attack we are seeing too much of. For that matter saying that we who believe BO to be a usurper are "absurd" is straight out of Allinsky — "isolate and ridicule."

    As to civil rights — Do you know that Martin Luther King was a republican?

    And then to finish with "certifiably insane" — you proved the point of this essay beautifully. Thank you.

    • peppermint patty

      Glen Beck is absolutely involved in the trade of misinformation.

      Martin Luther King was a Republican. There's nothing wrong with being a Republican when it comes to certain matters. I believe in small government, and I believe in the Constitution. I also think that Republican fiscal policy is more responsible. A free market is the ideal.

      What I have a problem with is the influence of Christianity and Christian values over the party, and the warmongering. Racism is not criticizing Obama, but racism is not dead either, and unfortunately, those perpetuating it tend to be on the Right (for whatever reason; I don't particularly believe that there is anything inherently more racist about the people, quite the contrary–I think that there is currently too much racist leadership in politics and in the media, and that attracts the wrong people to the party).

      • Joemont

        OK Patty. Give us ONE thing Beck has said to support your FALSE claim about his truthfulness and ANY connection to Christianity.

  • abdul7591

    Well,

    I used to come here a lot to post comments, and since my own ancestry is Middle Eastern and Islamic, maybe I should throw my two cents in, not that I have any delusions about making a difference.

    At no time since 9/11 have I ever felt uncomfortable around ordinary "Red State" Americans because of my background. The charge being made against them is not only bogus, it is contemptibly stupid and bigoted in its own right. It says nothing about the protestors who oppose this mosque (some of whom, like Zuhdi Jasser, are Muslim), but speaks volumes about the infantile fanaticism of the liberal left. The sad thing that all this reflects about the country is that it reveals there is no possibility at all of rational debate with most leftists. All they know is how to vilify those that disagree with them. It seems to be a genetically encoded instinct with them. Dogs go "bow-wow"; cows go "moo"; pigs go "oink" and liberals call people "racist." The left's need to demonize conservatives in this way is not a political phenomenon so much as a zoological one.

    Abdul
    High atop my camel

    • Brian

      "I used to come here a lot to post comments".
      Hey, get off your high camel and keep posting. Is it the twin hump model?

    • aspacia

      Yes Abdul. I hope you are similar to Jasser in thinking.

  • abdul7591

    Just for the record, as far as I am concerned, this proposed mosque near Ground Zero is an outrage. It is Islam's way of giving the "finger" to the American people. This doesn't bother most people on the far Left because the fact that it was an attack on the United States meets with their private approval. For them, patriotism is strictly for flag-waving "yahoos." If the Japanese wanted to build a monument to Admiral Yamamoto at Pearl Harbor, the Left would be fine with that too.

    The more "mainstream" liberal left is not so much treasonous is it is foolish, and the Islamic fascists know it. The fact that Mayor Bloomberg doesn't grasp what this Imam Rauf is – a radical engaging in taqiyya for the bamboozlement of leftist idiots – is proof that Imam Rauf understands perfectly what Mayor Bloomberg is: a liberal nincompoop stuck on politically correct stupid, a man so morally gelatinous you could spread him on your toast. Or put it another way: Rauf is Jascha Heifetz and Bloomberg is the Stradivarius.

    Abdul
    High atop my camel

  • blotto

    No they side with Islam because they HATE America first and foremost. Then they hate their race (white), their ethnicity, culture, traditions, values, any religion, government, capitalism, and probably their parents…..

  • abdul7591

    One last comment for the day. All this noise that is being made about "tolerance," as if tolerance were necessarily a virtue, misses a central truth. In reality the virtue of tolerance depends entirely on the nature of the thing one proposes to tolerate. When tolerance is extended to the proponents of an ideology that for 1400 years has been nothing BUT violently intolerant, and whose basic teachings literally exhort its followers to be intolerant, then the very ostensible goal of those who are continually screeching about the need for tolerance – namely, the creation of a harmonious society – is completely undermined. If you are a chef whose goal is to make the most delicious meals, you don't include sh*t in your recipes for the sake of tolerance.

  • TonyM

    The Left and Islam have a lot in common. It is the reason the Left can identify with and protect Muslims. Here are a few points to consider. Additions to the list are welcome.:

    Muslims believe their religion is superior to all others
    The left believes its philosopy is superior to all others

    Muslims believe that the infidel must be killed if not converting to Islam
    The left believes that the opposition must be deomonized and made irrelevant

    Muslims don't compromise on anything
    The left doen't either

    • aspacia

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz= read Jasser.

  • peppermint patty

    Support of Prop 8 was not an act of hate, it was an act that lacked consideration for the free choices of other human beings. I do understand why conservatives, particularly Christian ones, don't support gay marriage. I, a liberal and pretty far left, at least socially, do not ask or expect you to like gay marriage, be around it, or support it in any way. All I ask is that you don't make laws to prohibit it, and allow laws to be made that grant people equal rights. You can believe all you want that gay people are going to hell; all I ask is that you ignore it and go about your life. Let them do what they want. I don't see you speaking out that strongly against molestation in the Catholic church, or domestic violence, or even caring that much for single mothers–sure you talk them out of an abortion, but how often do you then support them through their single motherhood?–but you can speak out strongly against something that you can avoid in your life entirely. You can turn off those channels on TV, you can move to a conservative community, and if you wanted to secede from the union and form your own little state of intolerance, please…I'd support you in a second.

    But just like you don't want me impeding on your Constitutional free speech, or your gun rights, or your right to practice Christianity freely and openly and place Nativity scenes in the center of the town, and open Christian schools, etc, etc, etc (and yes, I support your rights on every single one of those things), do NOT impede upon my rights, as a human being, to marry whomever I damn well please.

    • Joemont

      Then quit trying to make it the same thing as a traditional hetro Marriage. They are NOT!

    • aspacia

      I too support gay marriage, however the ACLU has shut the door on Christianity, the nativity scenes, the Ten Commandments.

      That is, the Left is indeed infringing on many freedoms, and you should know this.

      A Deist.

  • Larry Linn

    My grandparents were Christians in Northern Ireland. She was Protestant, and he was Catholic. They had to flee after death threats.
    I volunteered and joined the Army, and I served as an 11B Infantryman. Most of my time in the field was in squad or platoon size operations. We would have discussions about what we were fighting for. It always came back to the “Bill of Rights”. To me the most important was “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

  • iberia 45000 años

    america satanizaba a los españoles europeos y hoy tambien
    america satanizaba a los rusos tambien hoy
    america sataniza hoy musulmanes y pretende arrastrarnos a su guerra
    pero america rechaza lo español mas que nunca porque son los europeos mas cercanos a los britanicos geneticamente, lo siento, todas sus actividades prensa, cine, politica,… continuan atacando a un pais desde hace siglos aun cuando no es enemigo
    ¿por que?
    los americanos deforman la historia como un resident evil, no tienen amigos, pero no puden esperar que les sigamos

  • blotto

    Typical of an irrational lefty. Comparing Americans with Islamic jihadists. So Americans have beheaded enemies? We've crashed planes into skyscrapers and killed innocent people?

    That will win you major points in your Kos debate forum.

    Sophomoric at best.