How to describe anti-Islamic bigots? I have a suggestion

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The time has come to resurrect a word that has gone out of fashion. It’s time to blow off the dust, shine the word up a bit and restore it to a place of prominence in our modern vocabulary, because these days we have an increasing need for it.

The word — a good, strong, Anglo-Saxon word — is “lout”, defined by dictionary.com as: “noun: awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.”

Used in a sentence, it works like this:

“Anti-Islamic activist Pamela Geller, the woman who recently sponsored an anti-Islamic cartoon contest in Texas as a ‘free-speech’ exercise, is a lout.”

Those who follow and support Geller, including those who showed up armed with AR-15s outside a mosque in Phoenix earlier this month to disrupt Friday prayers**, are also louts. Their behavior is loutish, and in fact defines the word “loutish.” They are, to borrow the definition, awkward, stupid persons and clumsy, ill-mannered boors. Also, oafs and a few other terms that I am not at liberty to use.

In her latest demonstration of loutishness, Geller this week announced that she and her followers have erected some 100 billboards around St. Louis, each of them containing a cartoon image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. As Geller knows, Muslims consider any depiction of Muhammad as an insult to that revered figure and blasphemy.

So why do it? Based on statements by Geller and her fellow louts, the reason that they are gratuitously insulting a major religious faith is to prove that they have the right to gratuitously insult a major religious faith. That’s their whole purpose.

And who benefits from all this? I guess that Geller and her crew of loutish, ignorant misfits benefit, by drawing other loutish, ignorant misfits to their side through the publicity. They will benefit even more if they succeed in provoking a violent reaction, and you can tell that they almost revel in the possibility. As Geller put it in announcing her billboard campaign, “Violence that arises over the cartoons is solely the responsibility of the Islamic jihadists who perpetrate it.”

Like hell it is. Yes, any violence would primarily be the responsibility of those who perpetrate it, but Geller and her pals would certainly share in that burden.

Those who benefit from the billboard campaign would also include the extremists on the other side, who have now been granted flamboyant confirmation that the West in general and Americans in particular are hostile to Islam. In that regard, Geller and those whom she regards as her enemies are in fact the closest of allies, united in a common cause of provoking the violent confrontation that they both seek.

It’s also interesting to see Geller and her fans pose as brave heroes and potential martyrs for the cause of “free speech”. It doesn’t take courage to target an unpopular religious minority in a country that is overwhelmingly Christian, a country in which anti-Islamic bigotry seems to be finding more and more support. That’s the act of a schoolyard bully, picking on the weak, unpopular kid as a way to boost his own standing.

I wonder: What reaction would it draw if someone put up 100 billboards around a major American city proclaiming that the Virgin Mary hadn’t been a virgin at all, but just another unwed, promiscuous teen mother?

To cite an even more inflammatory example, what if someone else wanted to post 100 billboards accusing the Jews of being Christ-killers? Certainly, they would have the legal right to make such a statement under the First Amendment. But I very much doubt that a billboard company would rent them the space. Nor should they.

And no, I am not publishing or even linking to a photo of the rather pathetic billboards. You can find them elsewhere if that’s important to you. My decision is made not out of fear of reprisal, but out of a concept that is known as decency. Decency requires that you do not insult another person’s deeply held religious faith for no reason other than to prove that you can do so.

Decent people don’t do that. Louts do that.

And if you believe that hundreds of millions of peaceful Muslims around the world are obligated to speak out against those relative few who commit extremist acts, then it is also important for we Americans to speak out against those relative few in our own ranks who violate our own standards of tolerance and respect for others.

That’s where our word of the day can come in handy.

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** As organizers of that Phoenix protest put it on their Facebook page, and I quote: “People are also encouraged to utilize there second amendment right at this event just incase our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack.”

 

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Jeffawesome
Jeffawesome

Decent people don't kill people because they are offended. The difference between the "Muhammad" billboards and the hypothetical "virgin Mary" and "Crist-Killing Jew" billboards is that no Cristian or Jew would seek out to kill you for making such a billboard, nor would Christian or Jew would think you deserve to be killed for doing so. This is not the attitude of the Muslim. The vast majority of Muslims believe that a person who offends Islam in the slightest, deserves and should be killed. You don't get to kill somebody just because your feelings have been hurt. I call on Jay to find one other religion that currently exists in the world that practices the death penalty for offending said religion. Islam alone condones this barbaric practice. The world MUST band together in one solid voice and tell the Muslims that killing people because they are offended is not ok. I say "keep offending them until they get over it".  

JoeBobJoe
JoeBobJoe

Jay is a libtard lout..   A  new statement for his zombie followers.

good41thing198
good41thing198

I love the irony that this Muslim apologist would "lose his head" over Geller and friends, when the animals he's defending would happily cut his head off.

What a moron.

Beowulfe
Beowulfe

The only louts here are you apologists for Islamic terrorists. This is SUPPOSED to be a free country. You louts put crucifixes in buckets of urine and call that "art", and telling everyone who takes offense that you have the right to offend them. We already know the reactions you get because you've already done that. The reaction has NEVER been death threats.

Such reactions are UNIQUE to the violent religion that is Islam.


I will go to my grave defending not only YOUR right to be patently offensive and bigoted, as you are in this editorial, but my right to tell the truth about you and the violent, barbaric primitives whose "right" to murder people that offend them you're defending.

td1234
td1234

Isn't that so sweet and accommodating of the Obama administration. 


The U.S. Embassy in Indonesia celebrated the independence of the United States a month early to accommodate Ramadan, the Islamic holiday.  Festivities to celebrate the uniquely American holiday were moved to June 4. These festivities usually occur on July 4 due to the fact that the United States gained independence from Great Britain on that day way back in 1776."

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@td1234 I would have thought that you'd APPRECIATE that we took steps to not mix explosives and rockets with the most important Muslim holiday of the year, Pumpkin.


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

From Tuna, way earlier:

I recognize that MOST Christians and MOST Muslims have no interest at all in that kind of violent silliness, and I think it's high time that American Christians started to recognize it too, instead of using it as some kind of misguided marketing point.

Indeed.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

I wonder if Jay knows he has a bunch of louts on this blog who lap up his Christian hating rhetoric on a weekly basis???  I mean, it is HIS definition, so if the shoe fits....

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

Yes you wear the lout shoes very well

Funny you mention what most already know

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

wayy earlier, Penses clutched his pearls and wrote:


Jay, you're sounding a lot like the misogynistic male who shrugs off the rape of a seductively dressed woman

to which LT replied:

Funny how common this meme is becoming on the right

which naturally drew this in reply:

I see little funny in either rape or murder. Please...explain the humor lying therein to all of us.


Just thought I'd toss that one out there if anyone cares to engage our pearl-clutching regular about it, a bit later. 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Visual_Cortex 

The commonality of a meme is not the same as "rape or murder."  Perhaps Penses could explain why he thinks they are the same.

Tell Jay we're running low on fainting couches again...

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Visual_Cortex 

Somehow, I think our poster with the numerous English degrees or whatever degrees he has failed to understand the context of "funny" meaning "interesting" in that particular line.  I saw it and just ignored it as I did not want to jump down another grammar hole with him.  Been there and done that.

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

Look, it's a natural reaction. There it is, right out in the open, other people engaged in acts that are abhorrent, disgusting and foul. Pardon me if we should vomit. According to bookman, you should stifle such acts as not to offend other people. 


Well, in some cases anyway.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

Anyone who resorts to violence because they get their fee fee's hurt is a sub-human p.o.s., no matter what religion.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

So the latest sport at the NYT is the lamenting of Marco Rubio's financial acuity.


Did Marco live 8 years with all expenses paid by the government, while making a salary of over $200,000 and end up "flat broke "?

td1234
td1234

@_GodlessHeathen_ I thought progressives were all about lifting the poor man of color up and placing them in position to be President? I guess that only counts for poor men/women of color that are progressives. 

RandyMcDaniels
RandyMcDaniels

Islamic slander laws forbid any speech which offends a Muslim or hinders the spread of Islam as illegal EVEN if the information is TRUE. This speech is a capital offense if against allah, the Prophet, or #islam. This is authoritative Islamic Law not up for debate. This is about the Ummah or Nation of Islam imposing it's law over the laws of the host nation as the supreme law of the land...it is political in nature as much as it is religious as there is no separation of powers according to Islamic doctrine. No sharia without Islam and no Islam without sharia. Wake up pin head.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty Your good southern Baptist parents failed at teaching you about the word of God if your post have anything to do with their guidance and teaching. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@IReportYouWhine#1 

My fervent southern Baptist parents always taught me that if I couldn't say something good about someone, I'd best keep my mouth shut.

You might learn from their wisdom.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Decency requires that you do not insult another person’s deeply held religious faith for no reason other than to prove that you can do so.

Decent people don’t do that. Louts do that.

I'll be lookin' to see if jay tags any of his liberals for doing ^^^ that here. I wonder which tag he'll apply.

Will he use lout, awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf, ignorant, misfit to define them?

Hasn't happened yet.

Don't anticipate that it ever will.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@CherokeeCounty

If the goal is to alienate, the answer is NO, I don't.

Comments on this blog can't provoke me to violence but they have alienated me from those who make them.


FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Nobody_Knows

I don't consider it my job, Nobody. With this column and others, jay obviously considers it his.

He gets to pick and choose who has freedom of speech and who doesn't.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@CherokeeCounty

...condemn my gay sister based on their religious beliefs...

^^^ that wouldn't be me. It's not my responsibility to condemn people.

I'm all about helping the needy but I hesitate when asked to help the seedy.

I'm all about helping the helpless but I hesitate when asked to help the clueless.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@FIGMO2 @CherokeeCounty 

"^^^ that wouldn't be me. It's not my responsibility to condemn people."

Understood.

Likewise, while it is not unusual to see the condemnation of perceived hypocrisy in the actions of some self-proclaimed religious, there are not many on this blog (a few, though) who, "insult another's religion because they can."  Most are fine with religion, even if they do not agree.

If you are like td, and find the support of gay marriage to be the equivalent of "insulting religion," then we'll have to disagree.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@CherokeeCounty @FIGMO2  , but who ignore Jesus' clear teaching about taking care of the poor and sick.


He doesn't say anything about taking care of an able bodied man capable of a hard day's work though.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Nick_Danger

If you are like td, and find the support of gay marriage to be the equivalent of "insulting religion," then we'll have to disagree.

Here's where the problem comes in. All too often, the LGBT community wants Christians to abandon their biblical understanding of homosexuality and the consequences in practice.

After creating the perfect environment in which we were to live, God then gave us free will to choose.


FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Nick_Danger

Can you point out where Jay has taken away the freedom of speech from someone who didn't have it coming?

Mine for awhile. And no, I didn't deserve it. He chose to overlook the badgering being perpetrated by one of his liberals on an unsuspecting, very polite "Old Guy". I intervened with some badgering of my own, and VOILA...jay ousted me temporarily, although he claimed it would be permanent.

Second thoughts, I guess


td1234
td1234

@Doggone_GA Jesus told the Church that it was the Churches responsibility to take care of the children and the widows. 


Paul told the Church that if a man would not work then he should not eat. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@FIGMO2 

You do see the difference, I trust, between setting up a contest to deliberately insult Muslims, and making a comment on a blog, right?

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@FIGMO2 @CherokeeCounty 

And I understand if you're alienated - I'm alienated by people who condemn my gay sister based on their religious beliefs, but who ignore Jesus' clear teaching about taking care of the poor and sick.

But that's the difference - Pam Gellar's purpose was to provoke violence.  I doubt that people like td - who so thoroughly misunderstands Christianity - want to provoke me to violence.

Wena Mow Masipa How
Wena Mow Masipa How

Hypocrisy. She is very, very good at it. Part of the con DNA, I think.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@FIGMO2 @Nobody_Knows 

"He gets to pick and choose who has freedom of speech and who doesn't."

Yes, because he likes to keep his blog from going out of control.  He's much less restrictive than Kyle, for instance.

Can you point out where Jay has taken away the freedom of speech from someone who didn't have it coming?

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

 “I don’t want to expand it and increase the opportunities for fraud. Maybe that’s what Mrs. Clinton wants to do. I don’t know,” Christie fired back on CBS’s Face the Nation. Christie added that if Clinton “took some questions some places and learned some things, maybe she wouldn’t make such ridiculous statements.”


fatboy makes himself useful.

http://spectator.org/articles/63043/hillary-clinton%E2%80%99s-phantom-menace

JoelEdge
JoelEdge

"So why do it?"


I could stretch that logic to cover blacks during the civil rights era. 

"You know marching is going to aggravate police and whites, why do it?"

Or Americans today.

"If you criticize the certain people in government you're probably going to get audited, why do it?"

The really sad part is that you don't understand the 'why'.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Them Moslims is just like them libs.  They is all out to git the good Christuns that watches Fox News.  All Christuns that don't watch Fox is bad Christuns.