Friday, February 19, 2010

Semantics, Shemantics...

I get regular emails from The Christian Anti-Defamation League because (I like a good fight) they get all kinds of riled up about being persecuted for being Christian and like to rally the troops to fight their causes. Sad thing is, they often misinterpret or outright mislead the troops. Here is today's case in point:

Mayor's Christian Remarks a Hate Crime? Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 23:00
Mayor R. Rex Parris Mayor Rex Parris of Lancaster, California is in serious trouble over an innocent political remark he made during a State of the City address. Parris said of the city of Lancaster, "We're a growing Christian community and don't let anybody shy away from that."

So CAIR, a radical Muslim advocacy group, filed a civil rights complaint against the mayor. CAIR argues that the mayor’s remarks violate the “separation of church and state.”

Then a hearing was convened by the local Human Relations Task Force. They invited anyone who was affected by the mayor’s remarks to give their testimony. The task force then determined that Parris’s remarks constituted a hate crime under California laws.

Now Mayor Parris is facing ridiculous hate crime charges, but this is a political matter, not a criminal one. We can’t let Mayor Parris fight this battle alone.

So of course I have to go and investigate. Turns out, from what I can find, that's not quite what he said. It seems what he really said was “We’re growing a Christian community. Don’t let anybody shy away from that … I need [Lancaster residents] standing up and saying we’re a Christian community, and we’re proud of that.” so you can see why CAIR (Council on Islamic-American Relations) would be a bit annoyed. You could see how anyone who wasn't a Christian would be annoyed. He's not exactly representing his whole constituency, is he?

But, at least he's seen the error of his way and apologized.

Of course it's re-election time and whole lot of back pedaling is expected. Anyone think he's genuine in his apology? Well, let's ask him, he talked about it a few days earlier...

Christian Anti-Defamation League, I think you've lost this one.


Anonymous said...

Is he a Repuplicunt? He sure sounds like one when he starts in with the Terrorist talk.

Brook said...

I'm gonna be an ostrich again today. I don't think I can handle getting all riled up-it's date night!

Anonymous said...

"...being persecuted for being Christian..." This makes me laugh so hard. They're persecuted? So sad that. I don't know whether to be pissed at them for all the bullshit they spread or sad for them because they actually believe all their own bullshit.

Lyvvie said...

Since Jesus told them that they'd be hated for their beliefs, they've been playing the martyr card. Thing is they're the dominant in America. So I agree, point and laugh for they're really silly when they proclaim to be persecuted. AWwww, poor widdle Christians with your majority votes. Feck off.

Brook said...

yep and uh huh. The only group persecuted in my area are the pagans who weren't allowed to rent a venue previously rented by a christian group. Both groups were holding their version of a "prayer rally".