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Meanwhile, blowhards!

Dennis "My Son's Black Best Friend Doesn't Mind Carrying My Golf Clubs" Prager may have topped himself with this one. Writing in Michael Medved's blog (seemingly determined to spread his stupidity to every open corner of the internet), he makes the following surprising claims:

1. There is no such thing as Islamophobia.
2. If there is, it's certainly not as bad as racism or anti-Semitism.
3. Anyway, it's perfectly justifiable, because Islam is bad.
4. Sometimes people say that if they criticize American foreign policy, they are labeled unpatriotic. In reality, this never happens.
5. Also, sometimes people say that if they criticize Israeli government policy, they are labeled anti-Semitic. This also never happens.
6. In the western media, you can never, ever criticize Islam, but criticizing Christianity is just fine.
7. I don't know the difference between a thing that is presented as art and a thing that is not.

It's a real belly-buster, folks, check it out. One glance and your IQ will drop by double digits.

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slammerkinbabe
Aug. 1st, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Haha! I read half of it and then had had my limit. Here's the line that got me skidding off the rails:

Nevertheless, ::blah blah liberal media blah:: repeatedly declare that Islamophobia is racism. To cite three of innumerable examples: The Guardian published an opinion piece titled, "Islamophobia should be as unacceptable as racism"..."

If you're, ah, comparing a thing to another thing... like they're doing there... you know, like when you say "x should be as unacceptable as y"... aren't you... um, by definition, you know - aren't you saying they're not the same thing? Language, Dennis, your business is language?

Anyway, that cracked me up pretty good, and then I got to the part where he said some true things were "(and I use this word rarely) lies", and I was trying to figure out why he'd want us to know he didn't use the word "lies". When did that become a dirty word? Then I realized it was because Al Franken wrote a book called Lies, so apparently that's a swear word in conservative circles now. And I laughed a lot and stopped reading.
slammerkinbabe
Aug. 1st, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
The first comment was reposted for an HTML issue, the second because I'm a moron
OH ALSO THOUGH I WAS GONNA SAY. On a more serious note, I *hate* that thing he does, where he's like "prejudice against Muslims is totally not racism because Muslim isn't a race! La dee da obviously your point is total bullshit!", smoothly sidestepping the fact that in practice people do not go into mosques looking for Muslims to hate but rather give shit to anyone with dark skin/Arabic features/wearing a turban, and that this works in practice exactly as racism does and the only purpose that refusing to use that term serves is to muddle the issue. Which is what he wants, of course, but 's also why he's a douche.
drownedinink
Aug. 1st, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
Therefore, Islam, or Christianity, or Judaism, or Buddhism should be just as subject to criticism as conservatism or liberalism.

Alright, folks, how many columns will it take until several crucial parts of this statement fall down the memory hole?



ortho_bob
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Off-topic, but the Texas Observer is looking for a part-time blogger. And I believe they pay money. And aren't based in San Antonio.

I'll forgo my commission.
ludickid
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm not sure I qualify -- I have less "solid reporting skills" than Michael Ledeen -- but it cain't hurt to try.
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