Posted by Brad @ 12:59 pm on August 20th 2010

Quote of the Day

Screw it, I’m going to stop apologizing for post a lot about Park51.

Ross Douthat had a column in the NYT in which he argued that we shouldn’t automatically dismiss mosque critics as bigots or, even if they are, we should respect the wisdom of the commons, or some damn thing (like his posts on same sex marriage, I’m not entirely clear what his point is). The column has engendered a lot of thoughtful discussion.

But, perhaps there is a time when it entirely appropriate to just say “screw them, screw you, and screw anybody who is accepting this premise even for argument’s sake.” Enter Tom Scocca.

Not all opponents of the Lower Manhattan community center are bigots. Some are shameless opportunists. Many are simply ignorant people who have heard from the bigots and the shameless opportunists that something awful is being done, and who would prefer that awful things not be done.

In the real world, the world where nudie bars and an Off Track Betting parlor already occupy the sacred ground around the site of our national tragedy, none of these people are worth listening to. Not the bigots, not the demagogues, and not the ignorant ones. Their opinions are worthless.

A very nice approximation of how I’m feeling on the matter.

Off for a vacation!


  1. I’m going to put in my terms, and to hell with any nod to ‘reason debate’ or ‘polite discourse’.

    Those who oppose this are ignorant asshats. I hope they are all buried in a dungheap of revilement by those who are not so ignorant. No nice words need be expended on them, as they are not deserving of any such consideration, only scorn and derision. They are mirror side of what they claim to be against. To hell with them all. Let them be social pariahs for the stupid views they hold and pandering to very image of America that her enemies would paint. You are human filth, I hold you in the same esteem as those that piloted the planes into the towers. Stay clear of me, I will spit on you.

    Comment by Eric — 8/21/2010 @ 8:04 pm

  2. So basically you’re saying you have mixed feelings on the issue?

    Comment by Rojas — 8/21/2010 @ 11:23 pm

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