Saturday, May 14, 2005

No Quarter!

Jane over at Firedoglake has a post up disagreeing with Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum's argument that we should give in a little on the First Amendment issue around not allowing the Ten Commandments to be posted in Government buildings. I am repeating what I posted to her comment section here because I think it is horribly important that we not lose sight of the fact that this is a fight over life and death and not just something as simple as to whether you can or should be able to post the Ten Commandments in a public place. Here is my comment to her post:
I agree. Both Matt and Kevin are obviously smart and well read but both are suffering from the delulsion that there is some tolerance on the other side and that letting them have their way on the small battles will strengthen our position on the bigger ones. The root of the delusion is the assumption that we are dealing with rational people and that is not true. We are dealing with, for all intents and purposes, insane whackos who are absolutely convinced that they are 100% right. They are not prepared to reconcile or negotiate their position and it is foolish for us to approach them thinking otherwise. If we give in to them on anything, regardless of its apparent importance, we will only encourage them and justify their intolerance. Remember folks, if they weren't concerned that there are still laws against murder and judges that will enforce them they would kill you in cold blood and leave you bleeding in the street. If you don't agree with them completely and without question they do not consider you human. Always remember this and you may survive. Never forget that Hitler was, for lack of a better term, "Fundamentalist Christian" and he used his beliefs to justify the execution of millions of Jews on the basis that their beliefs conflicted with his own. These people have taken the tolerant and loving teachings of Jesus and turned them into an intolerant, hating and poisonous cult they do not respect any other belief or religion and if you let them turn our country into their idea of a theocracy we and the rest of the world are in for a "world of shit" I kid you not. Don't give an inch.

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