Enough with presidential primaries and the idea Islam is about peace


I am sick of this presidential primary. This thing is a slow-motion train wreck and it’s making my head hurt.

Like the Oscars. Like Whitney Houston coverage. Like, somebody please make it stop.

If I hear Wolf Blitzer tee up another segment telling me that the next state is the new battleground that Romney just has gotta’ win or else his presidential aspirations are baked, well, I’m going to throw something.

Excuse me, Matt Drudge, do we really need any more opposition research dumps on Rick Santorum? We get it: The man hates birth control, loves Davis-Bacon with his eggs, and the Drudge Report really wants Mitt in the White House.

How to put this delicately: Fox and Friends, I can’t do another “Santorum rocks, Romney reeks” segment before 6 a.m. MST.

“After the break, Fox and Friends will be back with its 400th interview with Sen. Rick Santorum, where he’ll tell you why he is the only true and holy conservative choice. After that, we will be joined by a surrogate for Mitt Romney, who will try to trick you into thinking there’s a difference between Romneycare and Obamacare.”

Sweet. Can’t wait to see those interviews — again.

Can we pleeeease go back to the normally scheduled morning programming? A celebrity murder trial? A government worker falling asleep on the job? A police chase? Brian Kilamede slinging PG-13 innuendo at Anne Coulter while she hawks her latest hard-cover hate bomb about Barack Obama?

Anything. Just not more presidential primary coverage.

The only presidential primary coverage I am interested in at this point is 15 minutes of John King in front of that really big, touch-screen, iPad-looking thingy telling me how the winner got to 1,144 delegates.

Until then, no mas. I tap out.

Speaking of stopping, at what point do we get to put an asterisk next to the politically correct talking point that Islam is a peaceful religion?

When I was in public life, I had the occasion to get to know leaders in Colorado’s Islamic community very well. One group of Pakistani immigrants became friends. They were good, decent, family-minded people who reflected the essence of the American spirit they are.

I don’t have this isolated view of Islam. I’m a religious freedom guy. You wanna’ pray to Allah? Fine. We’re all free moral agents. That’s how God made us.

But freedom ends where the mob starts. And the scenes from the Afghan street this week — the thundering horde of wild-eyed extremists screaming and shooting and burning in protest of the now infamous Koran burning incident — are a stark, even-startling reminder of just how radical the faith and many of its followers can be.

To all of the politically correct mobsters who like to regurgitate Islamic verses that proclaim the imperatives of peace, please — save the academic naval gazing for someone who was born last night. We live in a practical world where deeds trump words and, as a practical matter, peace and love are somewhere near the bottom of the list of things we see out of mainline Islam these days.

In the current controversy, let’s just ignore for a moment that military officials burned the Islamic texts because they were being used to run messages between terrorists. And, for the sake of discussion, let’s just agree burning the Koran is a high crime against Allah.

So they get to murder some Americans over it? Is there no such thing as proportionality in the Islamic faith?

I am not interested in this fiction that it is only a few Islamic extremists, either. Did you see the footage of the roiling mob? Did you hear the inflammatory words of Afghan President Hamid Karzai? Like the man who cries “fire” in the crowded theater, Karzai bears real responsibility for pouring fuel on the flames. The death of those soldiers is partly owed to the president of the country that we have been working to liberate from the Taliban.

While there are many good and decent men and women who follow Islam, the global face of Islam these days is hate.

For those who insist that “Islam is a peaceful religion,” let us at least agree to place an asterisk next to it. This week, the asterisk denotes the names of the American servicemen whose lives were taken in the name of a peaceful religion that seems anything but.

Josh Penry is a former minority leader of the Colorado Senate. He is a graduate of Grand Junction High School and Mesa State College.


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And I would argue that Christianity is also not exactly a peaceful religion. I think Ghandi had it right whe he said something to the effect that “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

Since ALL religious belief is based on mythology and superstition,  all religions are prone to bigotry, intolerance and violence. Islam and Christianity are two of the worst in this regard.

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