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Hysteria - 1 — Liberty - 0

Date: 19 December, 2004

By: Chief

Imagencredible as it may seem to anyone with more than two brain cells to rub against each other, but the incredible has actually happened. And the news ain't good.

In a survey conducted by Cornell University 44 percent of those polled favored at least some restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans. 27 percent of respondents supported requiring all Muslim Americans to register where they live with the federal government. Twenty-two percent favored racial profiling to identify potential terrorist threats. And 29 percent thought undercover agents should infiltrate Muslim civic and volunteer organizations to keep tabs on their activities and fund-raising.

Told you it was incredible. The worst part of it is that in this country one of the cornerstones of our freedom is religious freedom. Yet very close to half of those surveyed think it is a bloody great idea to restrict the civil liberties of a certain class of citizen. You may have even heard remarks such as:

'Can't trust those God Damn rag-heads anyhow'. 'If ya ain't Christian, ya ain't shit'.

And according to the survey reported by the Associated Press that is the attitude of the respondents to the poll.

The survey:

"[A]lso found that Republicans and people who described themselves as highly religious were more apt to support curtailing Muslims' civil liberties than Democrats or people who are less religious."

See what I mean?

Now I am not going to sit down and type in the entire Bill of Rights of our Constitution, I should not have to. Every single citizen of this country should either (1) know them or (2) know where to find them. The web makes the research even easier. However, because this hysteria seems to be linked in a large part to a specific religion, here is the First Amendment:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Gee, seems to sum things up in a nut shell for me. In this particular exercise I especially like the clause "prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Kind of puts the kibosh on this "requiring all Muslim Americans to register where they live with the federal government." With the bible thumpers of this country, all it will do is cause them to re-double their efforts to get some kind of legislation passed in an attempt to circumvent the Constitution.

It is deja vu all over again, as the late but great Yogi Berra once said. And he was, as usual, so very, very correct.

So then, let us take a trip back in time to 1932 Germany and what happened because of religion and public hysteria.

You all know about Germany in the 30's. Adolph Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Goehring and the boys? And I am sure you know all about their love affair with all things Jewish? Sure you do. Things such as Jews:

There are more, many more, examples of the utter and complete insanity of religious hate and public hysteria. If you want a peek at where this country is heading at break-neck speed, check out Jewish Virtual Library. In fact, if you look at those six examples I wrote some are already in place and in use by our very own federal government. Hey, we are already on the road to becoming the reincarnation of Nazi Germany. Aren't you just so excited you can't stand it? Goddamn right I can't stand it. And you should not be able to stand it either. By the way, I am not Jewish, Christian or Muslim. In fact I am of no organized religion. Just thought I would let you know. Another oh, by the way, both Hitler and Himmler were both Roman Catholics. Just thought you might be interested.

So, if those nasty, good-for-nothing Americans — who just happen to practice the religion of Islam — are first on the civil liberties chopping block, then who becomes second? The Baptists? The Mormons? The Methodists? The Catholics? Who is next? Once you open a can of worms you will not be able to close it ... without getting a larger can. Just a little tid bit to keep in mind.

The other rather disgusting thing was the correlation between religion and television. Quoting AP:

"While researchers said they were not surprised by the overall level of support for curtailing civil liberties, they were startled by the correlation with religion and exposure to television news.

"We need to explore why these two very important channels of discourse may nurture fear rather than understanding, Shanahan [a researcher] said."

Puh-lease! Anybody ever hear of a person by the name of Joseph Goebbels? No? You are kidding. Well here is the real short course He became Hitler's Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, which gave him total control of the communications media - i.e. radio, press, publishing, cinema and the other arts. He who controls the flow of information controls the the populace. And Goebbels was a master at it. He could also get the citizenry of Germany to do just about anything that was asked or demanded of it. Much like what has been going on in this country for the last decade or so.

Think about it. Think about what Clinton did. Think about what Bush did and is doing. Think about all the crap that was spewed forth from the White House over the Lewinski affair. Think about all the crap that was spewed forth from the White House leading up to our current war in Iraq. I will say it again, he who controls the flow of information controls the the populace. A free press is worthless if reporters:

Goebbels knew that and took complete advantage of it. Those in power today do the very same thing. They learned their craft, albeit indirectly, but learned it nonetheless from the best, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Now, isn't that something to be proud of?

The United States is, purportedly at least, the defender of freedom. The possibility of having those persons who practice a different religion register with the federal government does not, in anyway, resemble defense of freedom.

I submit we need to practice what we preach.

[Ed. note: This story has been updated.]

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