In looking over this threadóI've been out of town for a few days, and haven't been in touchóI was interested in areas of agreement that nobody seemed to mention. That there was such a DVD, people seemed to accept out of hand. I find I do as well, to my deep disappointment. That it was an attack on Radical Islam, nobody seems to debate. Perhaps somebody tells us that the government had nothing to do with the production of the video. If somebody did say so, I tender an apology for missing their statement. Otherwise, it seems that folks are ready to accept this as likely. I find it likely as well, and I am saddened by my own readiness to believe not that the government would put out a propaganda piece against radical Islam, but that it should be so wide of the mark that people would use it as an excuse to attack ordinary worshipers on an important religious holiday.
Those of you who did not grow up in Ohio, may not be aware of the history of anti-Catholic and Anti-Jewish and anti-Black sentiment there that goes way back, certainly as far as the Civil war. I heard stories of Klan rallies with very large turnouts in the twenties and thirties. That there would be a ready basis for anti-Muslim feeling comes as no particular surprise. Nor am I surprised at the level of hatred stirred up by the election in general.
I don't care who is responsible for the distribution of the DVD. As far as I'm concerned it could be the girl scouts. I suggest that for any of us to try to fix blame is an exercise in divisiveness.
If people actually are interested in doing more than making fun of the need for accurate information, why not look for some. While I happen to enjoy the Huffington Post, I don't believe that many people here believe its information is neutral. There may be information in The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, The Washington Post, and the New York Times. Most folks are willing to take them for straight information once they are reminded that these papers have made errors on both sides of the political spectrum in an even handed sort of way.
I don't think that what I'm saying is too outrageous for consideration by either left or right, if we are willing to think about what we want for the good of the country instead of what we want in terms of what we want for our own party. Even wild leftist long-hair (if only I had as much) hippos like myself can listen to reason of a limited sort if I'm being treated decently in the process, especially if the reason comes in a non-provocative package, and with appropriate references.
Just out of curiosity, how does a DVD on Radical Islam proport to help the election process at this point anyway? I wasn't able to figure that out from what I saw of the thread.
Best wishes to everybody, Bob Kaven