The moral relativist of the week award goes to ultra-liberal Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein. Check out this transcript from a Monday segment of MSDNC’s Morning Joe in which host Joe Scarborough, Pat Robertson, and Klein discuss the upcoming Rep. Pete King hearings on the radicalization of Muslims – hat tip to my co-blogger (bolded emphasis added by me):
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Obviously there is a threat there, but it seems to me, especially after this summer and the ugliness of New York, Peter King needs to be very careful, very responsible.
EZRA KLEIN: And I think he needs to back off. I think Ellison is right, and I think if Eric Holder was staying up at night, then he can launch an investigation. What King is doing is not launching a serious investigation. What King is doing is launching publicity-hounding hearings. He is trying to make his name bigger, he is doing something big and in public to scare people. That is not the same as a serious law enforcement effort to look at radicalization of the Muslim community.
SCARBOROUGH: Pat Buchanan, what do you think?
PAT BUCHANAN: Look, I think the Muslim community is particularly vulnerable to an approach from abroad to try to radicalize them and make them enemies of America. That’s legitimate. Every politician, frankly, raises himself up with hearings like that. I think we ought to wait and see what Peter King does.
SCARBOROUGH: Ezra, do you not think there is a threat of the radicalization of a small group of Muslims here, like for instance England – obviously, it’s a much bigger problem in England that it is in the United States.
KLEIN: We have not seen it yet, and there is a good reason – we have not seen it in America in a serious way yet. The Muslim community here is very different –
BUCHANAN: Major Hassan killed 13 major Army guys and wounded 41.
KLEIN: But there’s not a ton of evidence, though, that was a radicalization of American community. We’ve had spree shooters in America, Pat.
BUCHANAN: He’s had contact with the guys abroad…
KLEIN: We’ve had school shootings from young Christians. [HUH? -ST]
BUCHANAN: But these are guys abroad are reaching in to the United States by various modern media, and they’re recruiting, and kids are listening to it. I think opening that up – I agree with you. Look, don’t demonize Muslims but there’s no doubt…
KLEIN: How does he not demonize Muslims by doing this?
BUCHANAN: Because radical Muslims are trying…
KLEIN: You could explain – you have one example here, and we’re trying to talk about an investigation into an entire religious community. We bought from the one to the whole very quickly, and people need to be very careful doing that.
BUCHANAN: Who is most susceptible or vulnerable to the kind of recruitment coming out of the radical Islam? It’s American Muslims!
KLEIN: Why do we think they’re so vulnerable to it?
BUCHANAN: But why do you think….
KLEIN: There are radicals everywhere. There are neo-Nazis who claim they’re Christians. Is the Christian community in America so deeply vulnerable than neo-Nazis?
You can view a partial video clip of th exchange in question here. Gotta love Klein’s outrageous and false assertion that “young Christians” have engaged in school shootings. Um, how many of them cited God as their inspiration, Ezra? Warner Todd Huston called him out on this bizarre point in his post at Big Journalism earlier:
Have we had people that are ostensibly “Christians” involved in school shootings? Not really as they didn’t cite their faith as the reason compelling them to murder — in fact, their supposed religious affiliation is no more relevant than the fact that they all had hair, or they all wore clothes when they perpetrated their criminal mass shootings. Using Klein’s logic, I suppose we could say fashion designers are prone to terrorism because these shooters wore clothes while committing their crimes?
As I have written here numerous times before, most recently yesterday in response to the drama queen antics of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), liberal moral relativists just don’t get it. If we currently had a worldwide epidemic of radical Christians plotting terrorist acts in churches, blowing up buildings and buses, planting roadside bombs almost daily, oppressing, raping, and burying alive Muslim women who “get out of line”, murdering non-believers via numerous means including beheading, and bullying/intimidating/threatening governments and news organizations into political correctnesss and/or censorship, useful idiots like Ezra Klein might have a point. But, as is usually the case with liberals when it comes to the issue of Islamofascism, the “Christians do it, too” card must be (falsely) played, because they really can’t seriously defend radical Islam in any way – so they equate extremely rare acts of “Christian” extremism – acts that are carried out under the mistaken belief by the deranged perps that the Bible condones such violence – to the not-so-rare-acts of Islamofascism not just here at home but worldwide, despicable acts that are carried out in the name of “Allah” because that is indeed what “Allah” calls for. This is not disputable, although liberals have tried really hard to do just that.
Isolated acts of “Christian” extremism are typically committed by loner types or small groups of disturbed individuals who have grossly perverted the word of God into something it is not: A call to arms against non-believers. In the Christian faith, there is no “punisher” of non-believers here on earth. “The decider” – so to speak – is God Himself. There is no growing global, thriving network of Christian extremists plotting, scheming, recruiting by the thousands, intimidating, terrorizing, killing so-called “infidels.” On the other hand, the decades-old organized Islamofascism network has a number of “leaders” worldwide – the most infamous of course being Osama bin Laden, and their bases are scattered throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and most anywhere else the Islamic faith prevails, because the Koran specifically gives the green light to Muslim believers to take up arms against non-believers, using any means necessary.
There’s the dangerous, faulty liberal moral relativist fantasy version, as symbolized very well by Ezra Klein, and then there’s the brutal truth, as devastatingly demonstrated by the number of those seriously injured or dead as a result of the tens of thousands of terrorist attacks carried out by Islamofascists trying to do right by “Allah.” The facts simply are not on the left’s side on this issue, and – sadly for them – never will be.