Skip to comments.America Bashing Is the Only Permissible Kind of Hate Speech
Posted on 05/30/2003 11:06:23 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
The left has long made a crusade of suppressing what it likes to call "hate speech." That is any language that leftist intellectuals find to be racist, sexist or biased in any way. Unfortunately, there is one kind of hate speech that the left not tolerates but embraces, supports and promotes -- speech that encourages hatred of America.
Anti-American hate speech is heard and seen everywhere these days; at peace rallies, college graduation ceremonies, the Academy Awards, college classrooms, in big budget movies, in best selling novels and non-fiction books. Major celebrities who get tainted by even a hint of racism or anti-Semitism become pariahs. Yet major celebrities who bash America, who call Americans evil and predators or such nonsense, escape that kind of wrath.
In the last two months we've seen a big-budget movie, the X-Men sequel, X-2: X-Men United, aimed at youth, that portrays the U.S. military as Nazis, a distinguished author and journalist calling Americans predators in a graduation speech, and Disney bankrolling a documentary by film maker Michael Moore that blames America for the September 11th atrocity. This sort of nonsense is tolerated and celebrated in modern America.
Just imagine the reaction if a big-budget movie promoted the idea of the world Jewish conspiracy, a distinguished author and journalist talked of the racial inferiority of black people at a college graduation, or a distinguished film maker wanted to make a documentary that proved all homosexuals are child molesters. Such bigoted expressions of opinion would never be tolerated. The claims made would be false and harm innocent people.
Yet the same people are willing to tolerate and even promote anti-American hate speech: vicious attacks on America and American life that add up to nothing but shallow and shrill propaganda. Yes, as Americans we have a duty to respect the opinions of others. However, it is the duty of all thinking people to denounce genuine hate speech in whatever form it takes and whomever it targets.
It is time that the left started applying their own standards to the torrent of vicious anti-American hate speech pouring out of our news and entertainment media and academia. Perhaps then people will believe that their campaign against hate speech is genuine.
( Daniel G. Jennings is a freelance writer and journalist who lives and works in Denver, Colo.)
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'Blame America First' fever infects left
Source: NY Daily News; Published: May 8, 2003; Author: Richard Cohen
When Doves Cry [re: anti-war]
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: May 01, 2003; Author: Ron Marr
Never Have So Many Been So Wrong About So Much ..
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: April 30, 2003; Author: Mary Mostert
Tim Robbins Whines on Behalf of the Left
Source: The Conservative Voice; Published: April 24, 2003; Author: Tov B. Brog
The Adolescent Left
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: April 23, 2003; Author: Bernard Chapin
Are Americans Stupid Enough To Follow The Lead Of Anti-War Professors In 2004?
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: April 23, 2003; Author: Mary Mostert
Willful Ignorance: The antiwar Left just doesn't get reality
Source: National Review Online; Published: April 23, 2003; Author: Mark Goldblatt
Out of the 'Quagmire'
Source Insight; Published:| April 14, 2003; Author: J. Michael Waller
The Forces Of Anti-Americanism Seek To Intimidate The Press
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: April 11, 2003; Author: Cliff Kincaid
The Relativist Left and the War: The antiwar movement is a product of the Left's refusal to reason
Source: FrontPageMagazine.com; Published: April 8, 2003; Author: Elizabeth Nickson
Antiwar Greens Given Orders To Use 'Any Means Necessary'
Source: Insight Magazine; Publishe: April 3, 2003; Author: Michelle Malkin
David Horowitz: The war refutes the opposition
Source: Jewish World Review; Published: April 3, 2003 - 30 Adar II, 5763; Author: David Horowitz
Foundation cash funds antiwar movement
Source: The Washington Times: Published: April, 2, 2003; Author: Julia Duin
Greens and Socialists Unite to Oppose War
Source: CNSNews.com Commentary from the National Anxiety Center; Published: April 1, 2003; Author: Alan Caruba
Does Columbia University Hate America?
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: April 01, 2003; Author: | Daniel Pipes and Jonathan Calt Harris
'Anti-American' - Noble Ideas, But Shameful Actions
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: | March 19, 2003; Author: Paul E. Scates
The Left's Dream
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: March 18, 2003; Author: Daniel Pipes
The Fifth Column Left Declares War
Source: Townhall.com; Published: March 18, 2003; Author: David Horowitz
Anti-War Protests Have Big Price Tags
Source: FOX News; Published: March 18, 2003; Author: Dan Springer
The left /fascist 'peace' coalition
Source: The Washington Times; Published: March 17, 2003; Author: Martin Gross
Leftwing "Peace" Saboteurs, Anarchists go Shopping
Source: www.frontpagemag.org; Published: March 17, 2003; Author: Brian Sayre
Ask Dr. Ridgley: What's the Post-War Left to Do?
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: March 14, 2003; Author: Stanley K. Ridgley, Ph.D.
ANSWER's Steering Committee: Traitors, and Commies, and Jew-haters - oh my!
Source: FrontPageMagazine.com; Published: March 12, 2003; Author: Ryan Anderson ODonnell
"Workers World Party", Other Leftist Orgs Paying For Protests
Source: Fox News Channel; Published: March 12, 2003
Where were critics during Kosovo?
Source: Washington Times; Published: March 11, 2003; Author: Larry Elder
Useful Idiots And Useless Arguments: The Depressing Iraq War Debate
Source: Toogood Reports; published: March 10, 2003; Author: W. James Antle III
Anti-War Activists Map Their Strategy (FR mention)
Source: AP; Published: March 9, 2003; Author: Jeff Donn
Anti-War Or Anti-Reality?
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: March 5, 2003; Author: Paul E. Scates
Barbara Stanley: America: Land Of The Free, Even Free To Be Traitors
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: February 28, 2003; Author: Barbara Stanley
Congress Mulls Probe of Communists' Ties to Appeasement Movement, Radical Islam
Source: NewsMax.com; Published: February 28, 20003; Author:| Wes Vernon
Exposing the Anti-War Movement, Part I: MoveOn.org
Source: Citizens for Fair and Balanced Funding; Published: February 28, 2003; Author: David Ware
If antiwar protesters succeed (by Iraqi citizen)
Source: CS Monitor; Publisghed: February 26, 2003; Author: unsigned opinion
Marxist Groups in the Anti-War Movement
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: February 25, 2003; Author: Paul M. Weyrich
Anti-war Protestors: Shades Of Stupidity
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: February 21, 2003; Author: Rachel Marsden
Who's Paying for It All? [re: anti-war demostrations]
Source: INSIGHT magazine; Published: February 18, 2003; Author: J. Michael Waller
Anti-War Protestors Are Warmongers for Our Enemies
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: February 11, 2003; Author: Alex Epstein
The Peace Movements Mumia Connection
Source: National Review; Published:| January 28, 2003; Author: Byron York
Reds Still [re: The story no one wants to hear about the antiwar movement]
Source: National Review; Published: January 23, 2003; Author: Byron York
Huh? I saw the flick and didn't get that impression. Besides the soliders used weren't even US military but rather a secret paramilitary force.