The Moral Blindness of PBS

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I have known Smiley since the 1980s when we both worked at the same radio station in Los Angeles.

He is smart, and he is a gentleman who has accorded me great respect both on his television show and off air.

How, then, does such a man equate Muslims who murder in the name of Islam with Americans who “murder every day,” none one of whom commit their murders in the name of Christianity?

How does Martin equate the thousands of Islamic terrorists around the world, all of whom are devout Muslims, with a single American — one who, in any case, professed no religion, let alone Christianity?

And how does Cuomo claim that Christians cannot condemn Muslims for violence because of the Christian Crusades?

First of all, the Crusades occurred a thousand years ago. One might as well argue that Jews cannot condemn Christian and secular anti-Semitic violence because Jews destroyed Canaanite communities 3,200 years ago.

Second, it is hardly a defense of Muslims to have to go back a thousand years to find comparable Christian conduct.

Third, even then there is little moral equivalence. The Crusades were waged in order to recapture lands that had been Christian for centuries until Muslim armies attacked them and destroyed most Christian communities in the Middle East. (Some Crusaders also massacred whole Jewish communities in Germany on the way to the Holy Land, and that was a grotesque evil — which Church officials condemned at the time.) As the dean of Western Islamic scholars, Princeton Professor Bernard Lewis, has written, “The Crusades could more accurately be described as a limited, belated and, in the last analysis, ineffectual response to the jihad — a failed attempt to recover by a Christian holy war what had been lost to a Muslim holy war.”

So how did Smiley, Martin and Cuomo make such morally egregious statements?

The answer is not that these are bad people, let alone that they are not repulsed by terrorist violence.

The answer is leftism, the way of looking at the world that permeates high schools, universities, news and entertainment media. Those indoctrinated by leftist thinking become largely incapable of accurate moral judgments: They regarded America and the Soviet Union as morally similar. And today, they claim that people they call “extremists” within Christianity (who are they?) and Islamist terrorists and their supporters pose equal threats to America and the world.

That is how bright and decent people become moral relativists and thereby undermine the battles against the greatest evils — communist totalitarianism in its time and Islamic totalitarianism in ours.

The only solution is to keep exposing leftist moral confusion. One problem, however, is that in countries without talk radio, an equivalent to the Wall Street Journal editorial page, conservative columnists and a vigorous anti-left political party, this is largely impossible.

The other major problem is that the media that dominate American life have little problem, indeed largely concur, with the foolish and dangerous comments made by their mainstream media colleagues. That is why these comments, worthy of universal moral condemnation, were ignored by the mainstream (i.e., leftwing) media. Instead, they directed mind-numbing attention and waves of opprobrium toward Dr. Laura.

Those who don’t fight real evils fight imaginary ones.

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  • S. Cohen

    Why are there anti Sharron Angle ads inserted in this column?

  • Paddyjdonovan

    Of course, everyone knows that Mcveigh bombed the federal building in response to Waco, not because he was advocating christian superiority above all others. That is the dumbest response the left makes ( which says quite a bit ). The left WANTS so badly to equate Christianity with fascism. The crusades? What does that have to do with the here and now? They all but admit the terror imposed by islam by comparing it to the crusades ( oh yeah? well you guys did that in the crusades!! ) Despicable and ignorant

    • auntieizlam

      It may be dumb but the liberal apologist & appeasers use it all the time.

    • Spirit_Of_1683

      The left are too dumb to realise that without the Crusades, the whole of Western Europe would have been Islamised centuries ago.

  • blotto

    They do it because they know they can get away with it. Nobody on the right will hold them accountable. Take the author Prager. His obeisance to PC dictates that he talk about Smiley in ways that Smiley never, ever talks about us on the right. More moral equivalence by Prager: "The answer is not that these are bad people…" Can Prager give us proof that they are good people or is he just muttering his alligience to PC. In Prager's world Dear Leader is a good person. Idi Amin had a good side…And so on.

    Nobody on the right will challenge them in the court of public opinion because they know the lefty MSM will first discredit them and then set them up to fail.

    So Smiley and all the others know they can lie all they want. They will never be challenged. And as long as we have guys like Prager pretending to be conservative we will never win back America.

    • LoneStar

      That is exactly right, well said. Look at the drubbing any conservative gets if they make an innocent mistake like Dr. Laura. They pounced on her like wolves. And what about Sarah Palin, they mock her down syndrome child. They have no shame, no sense of decency. I read today in the London Times about the Republican party in 2006 having had problems with corruption. They mentioned Delay was indicted for paying off a lobbyist, but never convicted. They never mention that the Democrat liberal scum Attorney General who had to form twenty grand juries to get the indictment. Wasted millions of Texas taxpayers money and then never got the conviction. Doesn't matter, Delay's career was ruined and everybody keeps repeating the lie over and over that Delay was crooked.

  • G Carson

    The Crusades were defensive in nature, a response to Muslim invasions into Jerusalem and the Holy Land (which was holy for Christians and Jews before the Muslims took it), northern Africa, Spain, southern France and Italy.

  • USMCSniper

    Just as an example, in mid-June this year, eight people were killed and at least 44 others were shot in Chicago in a spate of black gang gun violence that lasted from Friday night until early Monday morning, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday. Chicago police want the National Guard to come in and patrol the streets. Only if they can shoot on sight I say, PBS and the MSM will not report the epidemic of violent black-on-white hate crimes worldwide that ranges from gang violence by black street gangs major cities to Muslim African immigrant gang rapes of white women throughout Europe. The black reporter on PBS is the typical "It all be the white man fault" liberal tribalist racist.

    • blotto

      Black crime especially black on white crime is ALWAYS underreported if at all. The lily white progressives in the MSM have to keep up the appearances that they are for the blacks/browns. Review the incident in WA state where a black women threw acid in the face of a white woman. AND the libs came to the defense of the black woman; the reporting was so trivial and muted. Just like here in CT when the black man shot 8 white co-workers. With little exception all the reporting was in his favor and defending his actions.

      It is the self hating white progressives who are destroying America.

  • Flashg

    What really pisses me of is that my tax $ are paying for Smileys junk reporting/opinions. Please get this piece of crap off the air!

  • Andres de Alamaya

    It would be appropriate to use the "N" word with him – Neaderthal.

  • bpaolucci

    its garbage like this from the likes of Travis Smiley that turned me off to PBS, ABC, CBS, and of course NBC decades ago.

    Take note that if the target had been Jews or Muslims this article would not exist.. There's a concerted effort to wipe out Christianity. Christians need to stand up and fight back.

    • old white guy

      you are right. i don't read anywhere in the Bible that our faith requires us to commit suicide.

      • bpaolucci

        Bravo Old White Guy.

  • Dave

    Dennis Prager really needs some history lessons. The Spanish Inquisition was not abolished until 1834, and heretics were still being burned at the stake in Portugal all the way into the 20th c.
    It was Christians who were murdering Muslims in the old Yugoslavia. Hitler himself was a devout Christian, and no one can tell us he was not in part inspired by New Testament anti-Semitism to kill Jews.
    And let's not forget how bloody was Elizabethean England; Protestants lynching Catholics.

    • Not Indctrnted Dave

      Wow! Who are you trying to lecture others on history? You are telling a flagrant lie. Hitler was not a devout Christian. He took steps to minimize Christianity in Germany. And where did you come up with the New Testament inspiring him? Was that your own critical thinking? Hitler saw Christianity as an obstacle to the Reich. In fact, he admired Islam saying it was a warrior's religion and it would be more compatible with Nazi values then Christianity. Way to go Dave with the BS.

    • nightvigil

      Dave, Wow, your evident hatred for Christianity is so vehement you sound mentally unbalanced. Hitler was a devout Christian? LOLROTF!!! Your beliefs display the leftist psychosis perfectly and talk about insulting the intelligence of others.

    • blotto

      Dave: Hitler had two divisions of Muslim soldiers. Hmmm. Maybe you should get your facts together before inserting foot-in-mouth.

    • Leo

      Don't forget that the Nazi's were extremelly influential in the Islamic world during world war II, even to the extent that Persia was changed to "Iran" which means ARYAN!! Yes Dave I could see you had your degree at A…Hole University.

    • highpressure

      Hitler was a follower of Nicthie a devout Athiest and Secular Religionist. He created a Secular Theocracy and wanted to convert the church into speaking pulpits for his religion. To say Hitler was a Christian is to speak in total ignorance or to speak as a sociopathic liar.

      Another great Theocracy of Secularism was the Soviet Union and Red China who killed 50 million and 65 Million of their own people to make a purer country.

      Islam have murdered more in the 20th Century then the combined total of what the Jews and Christians have done in 5000 years.

      Secularists and Athiests theocrats have murdered more in 50 years then all the above put together.

      Just perhaps Dave, if you are a man of honor will apologize for your lie if you indeed just make a silly remark.

      Thank you.

    • GCR

      More people are killed by Islamists EACH YEAR than all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition.
      During this 'holy month of ramadan' (in 3 weeks so far) at least 691 have been killed by Islamists.

    • Bobzilla

      Hitler was not a Christian, you idiot. Hitler killed Christians too. Liberals lie, then believe the lies they tell as if it were a truth. Shows how stupid they are and I believe they eat their own offspring.

    • intrcptr

      No, Dave, you do.

      And I'll tell you that the NT did not inspire Hitler, or anyone else for that matter, to kill Jews. Evil people need no such inspiration, and a rather cursory reading of the Bible should be sufficient to make clear that killing Jews, or anyone really, is the very last thing that a follower of Christ does.

      And I suppose the Counter-Reformation was genteely discussed in the coffee houses of Europe, while the Jesuits simply killed kings on chess boards, right?

      The point that your V-8 deficient brain utterly missed is that equating Muslim violence with christian violence is positively moronic.

    • Tomko

      Everyone is missing the qualifier "no one can tell us"! The truth doesn't matter to the Liberal Loonies so don't even try to "tell them". If there is any truth in Dave's entire post it is that: "no one can tell us". If you've ever tried to have a rational debate with a Liberal you soon realize it's pointless, they eventually become frustrated with truth and facts then resort to ad hominem insults.

  • jim

    Hitler hated Christianity so he was NOT motivated by it

  • Not Indctrnted Dave

    Wow! Who are you trying to lecture others on history? You are telling a flagrant lie. Hitler was not a devout Christian. He took steps to minimize Christianity in Germany. And where did you come up with the New Testament inspiring him? Was that your own critical thinking? Hitler saw Christianity as an obstacle to the Reich. In fact, he admired Islam saying it was a warrior's religion and it would be more compatible with Nazi values then Christianity. Way to go Dave with the BS.

    • Bobzilla

      Thanks NID! I didn't see your post – Dave's ignorance was blinding me. You got it covered.

  • nightvigil

    The last line of the article pretty much summed it up. "Those who don’t fight real evils fight imaginary ones." Case in point, the left have no "real" argument so they have to invent one.

    psychosis (sī-kō'sĭs)
    A mental state caused by psychiatric or organic illness, characterized by a loss of contact with reality and an inability to think rationally. A psychotic person often behaves inappropriately and is incapable of normal social functioning.

  • nightvigil

    Well said! Yours is one of the best descriptive concise definitions on the liberal left I have ever read. I'd like to save your comment to be communicated again to others at a later time if you don't mind..

  • Tar_n_Feathers

    I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around Smiley's Grand Canyon leap in logic. The mental machinations required would make a Rube Goldberg contraption look like a fulcrum and lever. My logic compels me to conclude that Smiley doesn't really believe his own crap. I think he might have gotten caught up in a melodramatic pose that's taken a life of it's own. He's no longer playing a part, he's become the part. Sort of like some Twilight Zone episode.

  • gregg

    Goodness. If evil admitted it was evil than less informed people could not be fooled. Islam is satan alive and working among us. Smiley is no more a Christian than is obama or farrahkan. By saying they are they fool the ignorant liberals. It is sad that at a time smiley could have stood proud about Christianities move away from violence, he instead sucked the islamic sword.

  • EdwinS

    Really, Smiley is not worthy of a discussion. The man is a total idiot.

  • Larry Linn

    Dennis Prager is just another self-righteous Chicken-hawk.My grandparents were Christians in Northern Ireland. She was Protestant, and he was Catholic. They had to flee after death threats.
    While Dennis studied religion and avoided the draft, thanks to his well to do daddy, 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…”

  • Larry Linn

    What did our Founding Fathers have to say about religion:
    "Question with boldness even the existence of a god." – Thomas Jefferson (letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787):
    "All natural institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit." Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason;
    "Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.", John Madison;
    “Lighthouses are more helpful than Churches”, Benjamin Franklin

    • Gary Ward

      Larry, do you have any thoughts of your own?
      A Christian, will not defend a particular "religion". He is a (Christ)ion due to his belief and love for Christ, the Son of God. Understanding that by whatever name organizations go by, they do not represent or reflect the will of God. Rather their own agenda. Christianity attempts to represent God's agenda, but fails as false prophets insert their agendas.
      Children of God, believers in Christ, do not kill in the name of God.

    • Fred

      Jesus speaks of believers as lights on a hill..Franklin may be intentionally making a double meaning/challenge reminiscent of Jesus words. Or be making a sweeping generalization about churches-missing out on those which function in the same way. Identifying moral rocks is as important as identifying physical rocks-both kill.

  • Bobzilla

    I tried to talk to one of them today… it was like trying to nail jello to the wall. If they remain in power, we Americans are doomed. Vote!

  • auntieizlam

    I hope you do. it's greatly needed on almost every board I visit. You sound like you have the chops for it. Good Luck.

  • auntieizlam

    There are some really fine posts here. I have enjoyed reading them . Thanks

  • Connie

    There is a huge difference between American who kill Americans and Muslims who kill Americans. It is called INTENT! American murderers are spur of the moment killers, always delusional or into drugs, or drunk or fearful or unloved! Muslims however, are taught from the cradle to hate infidels. They grow up believing infidels should be eliminated! A vast difference in the intent!

  • Guest

    "If it [whatever “it” is] fits their pre-conceived ideology, it is true; if not, it is false."

    Yes, it's called Postmodernism which the Left HAD to invent to counteract reality.

  • 2maxpower

    these people have been brainwashed and are lost to society. the real problem is this brainwashing is continuing with out any end in sight nor any visible effort to stop it.

  • Glennd1

    Tavist Smiley is a pseudo-intellectual sock puppet for black, liberal political correctness. In his world, reason and facts don't matter as much as establishment of themselves as morally superior. It suits him – and others – to be seen as somehow reasonable by being 'open minded' about Islam. If only their wishful thinking were in comportment with the facts, the world would be a much better place. The other factor driving this is the growth of Islam in the black community, largely coming out of prisons, since 32% of black men born in 2001 can expect to be in prison at some point of their lives this has had a real influence on the black community. Throw in Farrahkan's rabble (in which there is quite an overlap with the prison conversions) and you have a constituency that Tavist Smiley cannot afford to upset, given his narrow and tiny viewership. I've tried to watch him on multiple occasions and could not get through a single program of his without being stunned by his politically correct contortions. I'm surprised anyone with a brain even watches him.

    • blotto

      Put another way: People without brains are watching him.

  • Nick Shaw

    The constant whining of jerks like Smiley is wearing mighty thin. To use moral equivalency of Columbine and the Murrah Fed building as examples of Christian radicalism is to be living in an alternate universe. When I find out that perpetrators of such crimes are screaming "Praise be to Jesus our Lord!" as they light the fuse of a bomb, maybe then I'll give people like Smiley the time of day. Until then he is nothing but a puss oozing sore on the American psyche!

  • PsychoDad

    The Left IS the Devil.