The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Sunday, October 19, 2003


I spend a lot of time criticizing the San Jose Mercury News. I saw this headline on the Merc's editorial page:


Hateful words

MALAYSIAN LEADER'S COMMENTS DESERVE CONDEMNATION, NOT APPLAUSE

The hateful remarks of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad this week dealt a breathtaking body blow to tolerance and human decency.


and was hoping that I could praise them for the editorial:


...

The hateful remarks of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad this week dealt a breathtaking body blow to tolerance and human decency.

In saying that ``Jews rule the world,'' he repeated the kind of vile rhetoric that sparked the Holocaust.

In saying Jews invented ``communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong,'' he issued a rallying cry for the renewed persecution of Jews.

In saying ``1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews,'' he made the case for a global war against the Jewish people.

Shockingly, his hate-filled diatribe was greeted by a standing ovation by his audience of 57 leaders of Islamic nations, many of them U.S. allies.

Mahathir deserves only contempt. He should be censured in the clearest terms by the leaders of all civilized nations.

...


Everything was going fine until the last two paragraphs. I should have known that it is impossible for a liberal to criticize a member of a minority without some sort of caveat or apology:


Neither President Bush nor other Western leaders are inciting hatred against Muslims.

But when Army Lt. Gen. William ``Jerry'' Boykin, an evangelical Christian who is prone to describing the war against terror in religious terms, says of a Muslim fighter, ``I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew my God was a real God and his was an idol,'' he is insulting Islam. When the Pentagon appoints Boykin to lead the war against terror, the U.S. is sending a message to the Muslim world that it is leading a Crusade against Islam.

Granted, Boykin is not America's president and he made his remarks in non-official settings. But when Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld defends Boykin, as he did Friday, he is merely allowing the hateful Mahathir to point the finger back at the U.S. and say ``See?''


What on Earth do Boykin's Christian beliefs have to do with a Muslim's hatred of Jews? You said Muthahir deserved only contempt and should be censured. Then stop making excuses for him.


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