Jon Stewart nails the uproar over the Ground Zero Mosque

I was not going to post about this anymore because I’m tired of hearing about it. But last night, Jon Stewart gave a great monologue on the uproar over the so-called Ground Zero Mosque and it needs to be shared.

Like Stewart, I get the reason people are upset about the mosque. But the push back against the mosque has reached a point where it’s not about placing a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, the rhetoric has reached a point where most of the opposition are condemning an entire religion. They are placing the blame for what happened on 9/11 on an entire religion instead of 19 radical Islamists.

Around three minutes in, Stewarts shows video of Eric Bolling, who was appearing on Fox and Friends, laying out the alleged ties that Feisal Abdul Rauf has to various groups, including Hamas and Perdana. Bolling also speculates on whether or not Iran may be funding Park51, formerly the Cordoba House.

Stewart then uses the same logic to connect Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News, to Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal to the Bin Laden family and Wahhabist Muslims, a form of Islam followed by al-Qaeda.

For perspective, Stewart shows a clip of Charlton Heston speaking at the NRA convention in 1999, just after the Columbine tragedy. In case you don’t remember, there was an uproar that wanted the NRA to hold their convention somewhere else.

During his speech to the convention, Heston said:

Tragedy always has been and always will be with us. Somewhere right now evil people are evil things. All of us will do everything meaningful, everything thing we can do to prevent it, but each horrible act can’t become an axe for opportunists to cleave the very Bill of Rights that binds us.

Stewart admits he was part of the uproar, but he also admits that he was wrong:

The point is I was wrong and Heston was right. And if you replace ‘NRA’ with ‘Muslim community’ and ‘Second Amendment’ with ‘First Amendment,’ he’s still right.

And they show two more quick clips of Heston, who brings it home:

America must stop this predictable pattern of reaction. When an isolated, terrible event occurs, our phones rings demanding the NRA explain the inexplicable. Why us? Because their story needs a villian. That is not our role in American society, and we will not be forced to play it.
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If you disagree, that’s your right. I respect that. But we will not relinquish it or be silenced about it or be told, “do not come here, you are unwelcome in your own land.

Here video of the entire segment:

Stewart also defends the opponents of the Ground Zero Mosque by slamming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ridiculous comments about investigating the funding source behind them.

So, your answer to an attack on freedom of religion is an investigation threatening to chill freedom of speech. ‘You have nothing to fear from this temple! But if you oppose it we will find you.’

What is wrong with you people! There is an all you can eat buffet of things you could be saying and doing right now to win the hearts and minds of the country, and instead you’re acting like f**king Democrats. You’re acting like Democrats, really.

Here is video of that segment:


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