Rush Limbaugh, after the Fort Hood attack, was ready to blame the Muslim faith for every violent act committed by a Muslim. The logic is that the Imam’s preach hate and violence.
RUSH: I mean folks, ought to read to you what my friend Andy McCarthy wrote about this at National Review Online: “After the carnage we’ve seen for two decades, and the high religious authorities that have endorsed it, it is simply astounding that an American president — at a solemn memorial service for soldiers killed just days ago by a jihadist acting on his rational, broadly accepted understanding of his religious duty — could claim that ‘no faith justifies’ sneak-attack murders, and that no religion teaches that ‘God looks upon them with favor.’ In fact, a widely held interpretation of Islam holds exactly these principles. No one is saying that all Muslims follow Hasan’s construction of Islam, but hundreds of millions do and they have scriptures to back up their beliefs — scriptures we could all read if we’d just pull our heads out of the sand. To deny that is to deny reality. A country can’t be protected by people who lack the will to face reality.”
And that’s what we have in president Obama. I’m still struggling, does he face reality, is he this naïve or is he this cunning? He’s got to know what jihad is. He’s got to know of the imams that preach it. He’s got to know that there are scriptures in these people’s book that suggests the way to get to heaven is to kill infidels. This is not even arguable. As Andy says here it’s not about all Muslims but clearly hundreds of millions of them. Let’s listen to the next sound bite.
Rush Limbaugh, when his preaching is blamed for acts of hate and violence, protests:
Don’t kid yourself. What this was all about is shutting down any and all political opposition and eventually criminalizing it. Criminalizing policy differences, at least when they differ from the Democrat Party agenda. One of the more disturbing things about this incident is that someday the left will finally get their wish. One of these days it’s going to happen. This is all setting the table for it. Groups are large. Many people populate groups — and within any group of people, a sample is gonna find those who are unstable, deranged, and so forth like this kid. You are eventually, at some point, going to probably find somebody who could be more closely identified with a particular political movement. This kid is just a nut, and they’ve done their best…
Limbaugh, is getting a taste of his own medicine and he does not like it. He wants to be given the benefit of the doubt. He wants to be free to speak. He does not want a whole group, his conservatives to be blemished. Yet, each and every chance he and his band have they blemish every Arab and every Muslim. A broad brush of blame he applies to millions of people, but he the “imam” of the right, finds a broad brush applied to him distasteful.
So, now Sarah, Glen and Rush want to be treated with respect. They don’t want to be blamed as a group for the actions of one. The tactic of demonization came back to bite them in the ass. That is the problem with such public behavior. It comes around and it bites hard. The cycle of looking for demons, devils and the evil never ends.