Tuesday, December 11, 2007

When crazy people attack...

I've been looking around on some other blogs these last couple of days and have reached the conclusion that there are some really crazy people out there. One right-wing commentator has condemned me for publishing my article about Islam, while one left-wing blogger is actually suggesting that the "Jews" are really in control of American foreign policy. This weekend I succeeded in publishing my newspaper article detailing my trip to the mosque in San Francisco. However, upon its publication online, I couldn't help notice that some fanatical conservative zealot felt the need to attack my perspective and completely dismiss the notion that Islam is indeed a peaceful religion. "Look at what they're doing to Jews and Christians in the Middle East" is the most common argument made by the extreme right, even though far more innocent Muslims have been murdered by Islamic terrorists than Christians or Jews. This comes after my global warming editorial I submitted a few weeks back sparked a debate, including ranting by those on the left who want everyone to believe the climate change debate is over. Now, I'm in the cross hairs of the far-right, simply for speaking the truth that the vast majority of those who adhere to the Islamic faith are good, peaceful people. I recently read a great book by Bernie Goldberg, a frequent guest on the O'Reilly Factor, called "Crazies to the left of me, Wimps to the Right". In it, Bernie talks about how both the far-left and the far-right have completely lost touch with reality. Between Rosie O'Donnell saying that radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam and the religious right completely dismissing the theory of evolution, its easy to say that he's correct in his analysis. Now, having been published myself, I find myself being attacked by the fringe elements on both sides. The funny thing is, most clear thinking people would probably agree with me when I say that human beings don't fully understand the earth's complex climate. I'm sure many people would also agree with me when I say that most Muslims are good people. However, when opinions like these get in the way of their agenda, the fringe elements on the right and the left aren't going to be happy.

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