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Thursday, April 24, 2008 

A shill who shills for a shill

I found this very ludicrous book review posted on the Shelf Life blog of the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, of a new book by New York Times propagandist Chris Hedges called "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America". And from what I can tell, there are quite a few things wrong with it. For example:
The vast majority of Hedges’ book describes the various ways in which pillars of the Christian Right condemn the left, the independent woman, the homosexual, the Muslim — and exploit the poor, the female, the old and the non-white.

In this, Hedges is, ahem, preaching to the choir, I think.
Let's see, is that last part there the reporter's way of trying to elude accusations of his own bias? I don't know, but I certainly do know that coming after the discovery of Jeremiah Wright's own slurs against whites in his basically leftist church, that's asking a bit much to say that only the rightists are discriminatory and incite against whomever doesn't meet their standards.

I also find it interesting that either Hedges, or the reporter reviewing, or both, mention Islamists but not Judaists as someone whom the Christian right condemn. Would that mean that it's okay for them to discriminate against adherents of the Jewish religion, but not Islam?

And speaking of Islam, what about what its adherents do to women, independent or otherwise? I don't suppose they ever read the Quran, and what Sura 4:23-24 says?
“Forbidden to you are ... married women, except those whom you own as slaves” (Sura 4:23-24)
That's why I find their claim that the Christian right's condemnation of Islam is wrong so ludicrious. Attempting to suggest that Islam is better, when a clearer look at an authentic copy of the Quran would suggest otherwise.

The Commercial Appeal writer goes on to say:
In the Salon interview, Hedges mentions that he began to notice similarities between Serbian demagogues and American Christian Right “dominionists” when he returned to the United States.
And what about similarities between Bosnian Muslims like Sulejman Talovic and other Muslims? He didn't notice those?

And regarding their attack on the Christian right for disapproving of homosexuality, I'd suggest they take a look at this report by Reuters. Is that not a reason why such practices should be shunned?

At the same time, I must say, I find it interesting that Hedges and his shill at the Commercial Appeal show no concern over how Islam considers homosexuality objectionable, to the point where they call for the execution of gays and lesbians as the main imam of Manchester in England did a year and a half ago. Where do they stand then?

At the end of the entry, the reporter says:
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think Obama’s nomination would be a bad thing. I just fear that if something untoward should happen during this presidential election, it might be the tipping point.
Again, totally oblivious to the discoveries made about Obama's pals, which makes his words disgusting.

Update: and while we're on the subject, what an interesting discovery: Reverend Wright is defending his anti-American blatherings. Far as I'm concerned, he can stuff it.

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