Friday, January 11, 2013

Segregation: Its New Incarnation

Segregation can take many forms. Today, a new party is being prohibited from drinking from the public fountain

  • Rev. Louie Giglio, the pro-family pastor picked by President Obama to deliver the benediction at his Jan. 21st inauguration, has backed out after a pressure campaign by homosexual activists. (, Jan. 10, 2013)
  • Obama’s choice of Giglio on Tuesday quickly came under attack by activists who highlighted a sermon the pastor delivered in the 1990s offering a “Christian response to homosexuality.”
  • In the sermon, the pastor expressed Christian teaching that homosexuality is a sin and that it is possible to leave the homosexual lifestyle “through the healing power of Jesus.” He said Christians must “lovingly but firmly respond” to an “aggressive agenda” by some in the homosexual community.
The Presidential Inauguration Committee would not stand behind their choice of Giglio. The Committee could easily have said, “We can’t expect our speakers to agree with us in every way. We can’t demand perfect conformity to our party stance.” However, they claimed ignorance:

  • They were unaware of the sermon when they selected Giglio. They said he was chosen for his work in combatting human trafficking.
Bad Giglio! He uttered verboten words and was removed from the public fountain, no longer allowed a seat at the table. Sadly, the administration is fully supportive of this new form of segregation:

  • “As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans,” said spokesperson Addie Whisenant.
Segregation is now being justified by “this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance.” How ironic! “Inclusion and acceptance” has sent Giglio to the back of the bus! How can Whisenant talk of “inclusion and acceptance” in light of Giglio’s rejection and segregation?

Of course, the Left justifies this hypocrisy by claiming:

  • We are intolerant of everyone except the intolerant. We will tolerate everything except intolerance.
However, this justification is barely coherent. We all draw the line somewhere. There are things and people that all of us will not tolerate, and some for good reason. We still do not tolerate pedophiles teaching children. Nor do we tolerate bigamists, necrophiles or bestophiles. Nor will we include unrepentant muggers or domestic violence perpetrators on our political podium.

For each of us, there is a limit to tolerance. However, Giglio drew his line in the wrong place – in a place mandated by the Bible - and now he finds himself in the back of the bus.

Is the administration really serious about their standard of “inclusion and acceptance?” Hardly! There is little doubt that they will include a Muslim Imam on their podium. However, their holy writings are intolerant of Jews and Blacks (including gays). About the Jews, the Koran teaches:
  •   “Jews are those who were cursed and transformed into apes and swine…” (Sura 2:65, 5:60, 7:166).
  •     “Jews are the worst of Allah’s creation…” (Sura 8:55-56, 98:6)
Blacks fare little better. The Hadiths, the saying of Muhammad read:
  •   “Ham [Africans] begat all those who are black and curly-haired, while Japheth [Turks] begat all those who are full-faced with small eyes, and Shem [Arabs] begat everyone who is handsome of face with beautiful hair. Noah prayed that the hair of Ham’s descendants would not grow beyond their ears, and that whenever his descendants met Shem’s, the latter would enslave them.” (Al-Tabari, Vol. 2, p. 21, p. 21
  •  "Abu Darda reported that the Holy Prophet said: Allah created Adam when he created him (sic). Then He stroke (sic) his right shoulder and took out a white race as if they were seeds, and He stroke (sic) his left shoulder and took out a black race as if they were coals. Then He said to those who were in his right side: Towards paradise and I don't care. He said to those who were on his left shoulder: Towards Hell and I don't care. – Ahmad." (Mishkat, Vol. 3, p. 117
  • Ahmad ibn Abi Sulayman, the companion of Sahnun said, “Anyone who says that the Prophet was black should be killed.” (Ibn Musa al-Yahsubi, Qadi ‘Iyad, p.375)
However, the Left remains silent about these teachings and the blatant acts of anti-Semitism that are resulting from them. It seems that the Committee is applying its standard of “inclusion and acceptance” in a discriminatory manner. Some get a “pass,” while others are pushed to the back of the bus.

Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy understandably asked:

  • “Are all orthodox clergy now to be banished from civic life if they openly affirm their faith’s teachings about marriage and sexual ethics? Are only clergy from declining liberal denominations now acceptable according to hyper political correctness?
The answer is clearly “yes!” Tooley then asked:

  • Will the same standard also apply to Muslims and members of other faiths who don’t subscribe to the views of western secular elites?”
It seems that for now, they can still drink from the public fountain, as long as the secularists don’t feel threatened by them.

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