Wednesday, April 19, 2006

We're So Mean

Patrick McIlheran is at it again. He's back claiming the left is so mean. In his most recent blog, he opines about the trouble a Ohio State University librarian got in for suggesting a book for a reading list. Here’s what he wrote:

A day late, though it’s still fresh, I’m led by Rick Esenberg’s blog
to Dad29, who unfolds the trouble a librarian at Ohio State U got in for suggesting a
book, “The Marketing of Evil,” for the reading list for incoming freshmen. The
book suggests that the sexualization of culture is a deliberate marketing tactic
to sell stuff to youths. It has similar derogatory things to say about the
cultivation of campaigns for legalized abortion and gay rights. It's been
praised by culturally traditionalist commentators.

Well, duh. I happen to agree that sex is used as a marketing tactic. This is news? The other stuff is made up. As is typical of McIlheran, he’s afraid to expose who he roots with, so he applies ambiguous names such as “culturally traditionalist commentators.” So who are these shadowy commentators?

I did a little research and found that “The Marketing of Evil” was written by David Kupelian. It seems that David Kupelian is a managing editor of WorldNet Daily. You know, the outfit run by Joseph Farah who has advocated the murder of adulterers and praised the blacklisting of suspected communists in Hollywood in the 1950s.
"It was a good thing. It was the right thing to do at the right time in history.
And, as America finds itself beleaguered in the world against – literally
surrounded by – enemies who seek to destroy it, we cannot allow traitors
privileged status in the entertainment industry."

Also included in the illustrious group of shadowy commentators is Donald Wildmon, leader of the evangelical activist group, American Family Association, which has linked Judaism to criminality and hostility toward Christianity. Wildmon has been denounced by Jewish organizations including the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress.

Then there is Rabbi Daniel Lapin, whom NY Times columnist, Frank Rich, has called a “show rabbi” for the Christian right. Lapin actually introduced Jack Abramoff to Tom Delay.

Can't forget D. James Kennedy, a former Arthur Murray dance instructor, and founder of Coral Ridge Ministries. Kennedy has said this: "Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."

Kennedy's a big fan of Roy Moore, former Alabama Supreme Court Justice, who once penned an opinion calling for the state to execute "practicing homosexuals."

Hmmm. Another dark commentator is David Limbaugh, brother of Rush Limbaugh. ‘Nuff said.

And of course, who can forget Dr. Laura Schlesinger, radio talk shrink, who's opinion it is that homosexuals are a "mistake of nature."

And finally, Michele Malkin. Can you say shrill, with no substance?

Seems to me there is nothing traditional about murder, execution and advocating for internment camps.

Shame on the Milwaukee Jornal Sentinel for continuing to carry this clown. To have balanced opinions is one thing. Then bring a conservative voice like George Will to the pages. McIlheran is nothing but a shill for far right conservative blather.

Oh, that's right. I'm so mean. At least I don't support anyone who advocates murder.

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