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Smarmy Sanchez: Trying to Deflate Focus on Radical Islam By Focusing on Fred Phelps

November 14, 2009

Sanchez always ready to teach moral equivalence to America.

How do you try to keep people from confronting radical Islamic terrorism?  You do a pointless news story on a small group of wacko protesters who claim to be Christian.

Let me be clear.  I, like everyone in the world, consider Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church folks to be sick people.  The group has made themselves famous by protesting funerals, schools, and thousands of other places with “God Hates Fags” signs.  However, to use them as a tool to try to equate their small group of hate with the widespread terrorism of radical Islam is ridiculous.  But that is exactly what CNN’s Rick Sanchez tried to do (though he attempted to hide it by not making a direct comparison.)

Sanchez: “Targeting US Soldiers – dead US Soldiers.  Reverend Fred Phelps, I’m talking to you… I guess the point to be made is: these days we talk a lot about hate in this country.  Maybe looking at that is a reminder that it often comes in many, many different forms.”

Sanchez, like most of the media, has tried to remove mention of radical Islam from the Ft. Hood Massacre story. Sanchez goes a step further with a back door game of moral equivalence. He does not say it, but he does infer that the hate of Westboro Baptist shows Christian extremism can be equated with Islamic extremism.  This is a claim often made in the media – most recently by Chris Matthews, which I wrote about here.

Of course to put Fred Phelps and Westboro on the same level of hate as Radical Islam is insane.  There is no comparison.

Westboro Baptist is a church in Kansas of about 70 people.  Almost everyone of them is a family member of Phelps.  They are a small cult group of crazy people.  They are insensitive and insane.  They are extremely offensive though not violent.

Radical Islam is not just offensive – it is involved with the bloody murder of innocents on a regular basis.  It is also widespread across the globe.

Everyday it seems there are new stories about Islamic terrorism.  Just today the media is reporting that the US Government had to seize Mosques being uses as a “front for Iran.”  Here is a map of countries that have had Islamic terrorist attacks since 9-11 (these are based on news reports – most likely there are many more unaccounted for):


Radical Islam is not one little group.  There are most likely millions of Islamic extremists all over the world.  Islam is not the enemy.  Most of the 1.2 billion are not violent.  However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Radical Islam is everywhere and it is far too often violent.

Radical Islam is the #1 issue of American security and to equate such hate with the hate of one crazy family in Kansas is irresponsible journalism.

  1. David Thomson permalink
    November 14, 2009 5:24 am

    Fred Phelps and his group comprised mostly of family members are morally reprehensible individuals. They are, however, not in the least bit violent! A son and daughter are lawyers and make a point to ensure the protests do not break the law. These folks are disgusting—but they adhere completely to the legal limits set by the U.S. Constitution. The same is not true of the Islamic extremists.

  2. November 14, 2009 5:58 am

    You forgot one thing:

    Fred Phelps is a registered Democrat. Even SPLC doesn’t try (very hard) to hide it:

  3. smithwinston permalink
    November 14, 2009 6:45 am

    It is clear “critical studies” techniques, e.g., answering a question, with question, endless, meritless criticism of a given subject, and equivalence reasoning, is the primary way the liberal mind runs interference for Islam.

    Islam by it’s nature thrives on the apparent quandry created by its status as a religion, and the plausible deniability it enjoys regarding the violence it continues to inspire.

    It seems one way to look at the problem of Islam, is to consider the classic argument of wheather or not television inspires violence. Consider the millions spent by advertisers to directly, and successfully influence the attitudes of consumers to see that this contradicts the liberal assertion that TV does not influence behaviour. In fact is can be said that the general argument that the media does not shape public opinion is a big lie.

    Clearly, there is a cause and effect relationship that must hinge on the realization that like TV, Islam is here to stay, and like TV, perhaps it is then possible to minimize the violence it inspires by shaping the minds of the Moslem faithful, and general public, around the idea that Islamic violence is not Islamic at all.

    This may be only one level of the reasoning involved, the real purpose of the left’s resistance to any criticism of Islam is clearly the symbiotic relationship the left shares with Islam in destroying this nation.

  4. John Davidson permalink
    November 14, 2009 7:31 am

    When CNN removed Lou Dobbs, Rick got the message; left turn, “Clyde”*.

    *(Taken from a scene in one of Eastwood’s monkey movies)

  5. FelixPrismus permalink
    November 14, 2009 9:56 pm


    You forgot to mention Phelps ran for office many times on the Democratic Party ticket, and that he is an insane leftist.

    He even has a DTN page!

  6. Quentin Daniels permalink
    November 15, 2009 2:59 pm

    The difference between the Westboro Baptist Church and “Radical Islam” is that virtually every other congregation in the United States has disavowed the Westboro clan as nutcases with ZERO credibility; while the so-called “moderate Muslims” of the world cry out rarely, and dispassionately, at any of the atrocities accomplished in the name of Allah.

    Besides, none of the members of the Westboro Baptist Church have posted videos of their members beheading their political opponents.

  7. PRCS permalink
    November 15, 2009 8:27 pm

    Mr. Cooper,


    ” the widespread terrorism of radical Islam”?

    Why do so many folks, folks who should know better, continue to refer to the behavior of jihadists as the result of ‘radical’ Islam?

    Anyone who has done their homework knows that we are dealing with the teachings of traditional, orthodox, authentic Islam–as it’s written.

    We can’t win the battle if we don’t accurately identify the foe.

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