Jun 18, 2007
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.