Jun 18, 2007

Organizer of speaker series stealthy defends racist speaker

In a classic case of deceptive labeling, a letter-to-the-editor appeared in today’s Livingston County Daily Press and Argus from Janet Filip of Genoa Township defending self-described ”terrorism and national security expert” and journalist Steve Emerson’s recent appearance at Cleary University's Livingston Economic Club Speaker Series last month.

Janet Filip is a little more than just a Genoa Township resident. She is the person responsible for booking the “acts” at the LEC Speaker Series and the wife of the chair of the Livingston County Republican Party. This has to be the reason the last two speakers at the series are such extreme right-wingers and moderates and liberal views are ignored despite a policy of “enrich(ing) the Livingston County community by hosting speakers who can share a broad spectrum.” In fact, they are so extreme they are racist. Emerson and hatemonger Ann Coulter – set to appear in October - do not “bring different perspectives from all different types of speakers to help enrich our community.” They do the exact opposite: they further reinforce the stereotype that Livingston County welcomes racists and bigots of all ilks.

Are you contending that because Ted. Hysen – the author of the letter Mrs. Filip is responding to - based his remarks on the article that appeared in the newspaper that Emerson was misquoted or the story was inaccurate? If so could you point out what was incorrect? The fact is Emerson’s racist views are public knowledge, and there are plenty of other sources available to make that case. Emerson claims mainstream groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (FAIR) are front groups for terrorists. The real truth is Emerson is an anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigot with an obsessive agenda against Arabs.

Emerson can say all day that he in “no way, shape, or form, believes that all Muslims are terrorists or that all Muslim organizations are fronts for terrorist activity,” but his actions are the exact opposite.

Actually, it’s people like Emerson who want to “destroy all the things we hold dear in this great country of ours.” Racial profiling and taking away civil liberties “destroy the things we hold dear in this great country of ours.”

Labeling every person from a major world religion you don’t understand as a suspected terrorist is not political correctness it’s discrimination, and it goes way beyond questioning things.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Emerson, a Jew who gets it
A perspective of a moderate Muslim

At the risk of sounding anti-Semitic, I want to say this: either American Jews are completely clueless about the internal struggle inside Islam or they are so cowardly, that they are even afraid to voice their opinion. Or maybe it's a combination of both.

Every time there is a development that involves radical Islam, be it a Mayor of New York attending an Islamist parade, DOJ's officials attending an Islamist conference, or a protester being sued for having the balls to expose an Islamist-sponsored event at an amusement park, the American Jewish community is as quiet as a church mouse. It's like it is not even there.

The effect of this silence is devastating. Not for the Jewish community, not yet. That time is still to come. The silence affects the American Muslim community. Every time moderate Muslims are ignored and Islamists are legitimized (by either direct support from government representatives or silent support of the ADL), radicals gain ground. In the current PC climate, moderate Muslims have pretty much no choice but to keep their mouths shut.

Luckily for us, not everyone in the Jewish community is like that. There are some Jews that are speaking out. One of them is Steven Emerson, who has been warning the West about the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism since before PanAm 103. Most of his current work is focused on exposing the radicals masquerading as the moderates – those radicals who are embraced by the DOJ and the Pentagon, by the mayor of New York Bloomberg (Rudy would never get into bed with terrorist supporters) and the Treasury Department, by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, by the Congress and the White House.

There is a war of ideas within Islam, and moderate Muslims are losing. Most of Muslim clergy and Muslim establishment are paid for by the Wahhabis. Moderate Muslims are being run out of Mosques and community centers, and in many cases are physically threatened. Moderate Muslims have no place in the media or public debate, because the place reserved for Muslims is filled by Islamic radicals, who attempt to make criticizing anything Islamic a taboo. According to the Islamists, a Muslim can do no wrong.
1. When a non-Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslims, he/she is an Islamophobe.
2. When a Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslim, he/she is not a real Muslim, therefore see #1.

This is a tactic used by "moderate" Muslims, the darlings of the government and the media. But how can you call someone who praises bin Laden, or has ties to Hamas, or calls for the elimination of Israel, or wants to replace the Constitution with the Koran a moderate? They are anything but moderates, however nobody except for a few people like Steven Emerson seems to notice that. But even when the Emersons of America appeal to the public, they are often being dismissed as alarmists and racists. Well, they are anything, but. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to predict the future when it comes to expansion of radical Islam and extinction of moderate Muslims. All you need to do is get your heads out of the sand.

Why our government is so forgiving and forgetful when it comes to individuals or organizations with known terrorist ties and anti-American views is beyond me. Why the Jewish leaders are so timid when it comes to the subject of radical Islam is incomprehensible.

I thank God every day for people like Steven Emerson, because they are the last glimmer of hope for moderate Muslims.


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