Tea Parties, Glenn Beck protest Muslim Family Day at Six Flags Great America

Posted Friday, July 30, 2010 12:10 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Since 2000, the theme-park chain Six Flags has held an annual "Muslim Family Day" at its Chicago park. The event, co-sponsored with the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), includes halal food and modestly dressed entertainment for local Islamic families. This year, it falls on September 12. The timing, along with the ongoing controversy over the proposed Islamic cultural center planned for lower Manhattan, has made this year's Muslim Family Day a cause célbre of the Tea Party Movement and certain Fox News pundits.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 1:32 PM
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just as Beck's assertion that terrorists are Muslim, therefore all Muslims are terrorists.

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Which was the whole (brilliant) point of DidGlennBeckRapeAndMurderAYoungGirlIn1990.com , come up with a bogus statement that can't be proven (since you can't 'prove' a negative) and demand that someone prove it.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 1:40 PM

What am I missing? I listened to the audio that was linked in the article and I didn't hear anything remotely racist in there. He said that he thought it was in poor taste to have a Muslim Day on September 12 and compared it to having a Japanese Day on December 8 in 1948. I can see the similarities. If he was being racist, why didn't they link to that portion of his show? A yak is an animal found in that part of the world. Yacking is throwing up - something people do on amousement rides. WTF is so racist about that? Was Michigan's Adventure somehow making fun of Americans because we have a lot of deer here when it was "Deer Park?" I don't even get the cries of racism here, but I guess that is the trend for liberals lately. Anyone who disagrees with their policies is a racist.

I agree that Fox News has a very conservative slant, but most of the media lean the other way and I think MSNBC is just as far left as Fox News is right. I just take anything I hear from either one of them and anyone in between with a grain of salt and make my own judgements.


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Friday, July 30, 2010 1:41 PM
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I think I would like to go on this day. I like culture, and without terming it politically correct, you probably know what I mean. It's cool to see different people who do different things.

Now if I could only find a nice date, who is willing to hold my hand that day :) Then everything would feel real 'full circle'.


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Friday, July 30, 2010 1:44 PM
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I think the park should hold it's Gay Day on Sept 12 too. Can you imagine that mix? lol

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Friday, July 30, 2010 1:48 PM
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He said that he thought it was in poor taste to have a Muslim Day on September 12 and compared it to having a Japanese Day on December 8 in 1948.

First off, Muslims are people that adhear to a certain religion, and Japanese are a race of people. That may actually go towards your claim that he isn't being racist more than it goes against it, but the point that has been brought up still stands:

So what? So what if Japanese had a Japanese day at Six Flags Astroworld in 1948? Why is that in bad taste, especially if they had been having it every year around the same time before and after the bombing at Pearl Harbor? How is that in poor taste?

Muslims aren't going to ground zero (or even Coney for that matter) on the day AFTER the anniversary of 9/11, and even if they were, again, Muslims have the right to do what we all do. Would it be in poor taste to have an LDS day at SFGAm on 9/12? Of course not.

He's upset because he's slyly trying to promote the idea that Muslims are the bad guys, and that they're flaunting what they can do. That is simply not the case.

How is it in poor taste, please explain.


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Friday, July 30, 2010 1:49 PM

I said I throw out a ton of what I hear as PROPOGANDA from both agendas.

What happened to the American way?

Personally I just get sick of the hypocrisy of most of the polititcians and pundits. Millionaires bitchin bout Millionaires. Carbon whores telling you how evil you are.

Put your next door neighbor in congress or run yourself, and not some career politician or lawyer, they serve themselves first.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 1:52 PM
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Charles Nungester said:
What happened to the American way?

It's the same as it's Always been.


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Friday, July 30, 2010 1:58 PM
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MDOmnis said:
I don't even get the cries of racism here, but I guess that is the trend for liberals lately. Anyone who disagrees with their policies is a racist.

For the record, in my daily life, I would almost guarantee you that I'm more conservative in the way I live and think and in the decisions I make than even Lord Gonchar himself. While I agree that people have the right to live the way they want, I choose a far more conservative approach to life.


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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:03 PM
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How long should they have to wait? Two days? A week? When would it not be insensitive to Beck and his minions?

Glenn Beck:
"What, you wouldn't be, you wouldn't be holding them out if it was another religion." No. I think I would be if the Amish, if it would have been a pack of Amish that took wagon trains and drove them into the World Trade Center and their carriages exploded.

Do we assume that every Catholic man is a pedophile because of the bad behavior of Catholic priests? It's absurd to connect the entire religion with 9/11.

Glenn Beck:
On the day that they on the day that we invaded Iraq, imagine going over and having, at their water park, American day at their water park. You think?

What's more insensitive? Having a religion day at an amusement park in a country where we celebrate religious freedoms or by invading a country, destroying its cities and killing its citizens. What's worse?

We celebrate memorial day, a day set aside to remember those who gave their lives for their country by grilling hot dogs and drinking beer but has the nerve to call for "militia day" because they want to have an event at Six Flags? Heck, there is Italian Day at Kennywood, are we supposed to be mad at them because Italy was aligned with Nazi Germany in WW2?

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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:07 PM
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Yeah, still waiting for an explination of WHY it's in poor taste. Great post 8.3!


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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:07 PM

Wow this is really sad. It amazes me that thinking adults can't differentiate between people that subscribe to the Muslim religion and Muslim extremists. Christian extremists blow up abortion cliniques and murder people on a fairly regular basis but somehow they've managed to maintain their identity as different from the peaceful Christians that do their thing.

The sad thing is that greedy fools like Beck and Palin are cashing in and spoon feeding the ignorant masses on this stuff. The worst part of the internet is that it's brought information to the masses that aren't smart enough to filter out opinion from fact. If someone thinks that the Muslim religion is accountable for 9/11 then they have to assume that going to any Christian church on a Sunday is supporting abortion clinique bombings.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:12 PM
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And support Pedophilia, and Witch Hunts, and the Inquisition, and anything that has to do with Fred Phelps. Yeah, all Christians do that stuff like all Muslims hate America.


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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:15 PM

exactly

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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:15 PM

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It's the same as it's Always been.

Uh oh, looks like somebody was the first to bring Hitler into the discussion. You lose, Tekwardo! ;)


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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:20 PM
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GOODWIN'S LAW!

Actually, it just happened to be the first Propaganda Poster that popped up when I typed in on google looking for one. I thought it'd be appropriate.


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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:27 PM

^ Godwin's Law, (just pointing out the correct spelling, not criticizing)

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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:28 PM
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Yeah, I got keyboard happy :).


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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:35 PM

Muslims aren't going to ground zero (or even Coney for that matter) on the day AFTER the anniversary of 9/11...

No, instead a muslim cleric wants to build a $140 million mosque on ground zero

Don't try and tell me they aren't doing that to symbolize thier "great victory over the west" on September 11. Don't even try to tell me that they just want a nice place to worship in New York City. Few people even freaking live by ground zero. If they cared about peaceful relations with the west they wouldn't be doing this.

If I were a regular Muslim just trying to go about my business and worship, I would not want this. As a regular old Christian, I don't want people bombing abortion clinics either nor do I really care to have James Dobson telling me who I should vote for as if abortion is the only issue that matters.


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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:49 PM
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I woulden't expect anything less from fox news.


what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Friday, July 30, 2010 2:53 PM
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You can't be serious, Matt. Associating the second most practiced religion in the world with terrorism is asinine, and as others have pointed out, is akin to associating pedophilia with Catholicism or abortion clinic violence with Christianity in general. Hitler justified his actions in part with Christianity too, and yet we don't consider it insensitive to celebrate Christmas around Hanukkah, because most people are smart enough not to make the silly association. Beck's assertion is no different than saying, "Hitler said he was a Christian, therefore all Christians are Nazis."

If morons like Beck would take the time to learn a little about Islam, they would learn that the religion is no more about teaching violence than any other widely followed religion. The Qur'an is filled with directives of peace and humility. In fact, it's the one of the "big three" holy books that acknowledges a common source, one god.

It does say to fight back against "oppressors," which is interesting from a historic context, because the Old Testament is filled with verses about how to conduct war, which sounds pretty oppressive to me! Christian scholars generally argue that the New Testament overrides that stuff (though I would say common sense does too). But in this context, it should come as no surprise that the Middle East has been at war for so long, especially when everyone wants the same holy land.

Still, the point stands that it's completely asinine to associate an entire religion with violence, and this is exactly what Beck and the NYC protesters are doing. The toll of human life on 9/11 was not restricted to any one religion or race, and suggesting otherwise is disrespectful to everyone.


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