A different viewpoint

Recent media articles have featured Maine tea party members who are upset that the Washington Bureau Chief of Al-Jazeera, Abderrahim Foukara, will be the speaker at the General Henry Knox Museum’s 2011 fundraising event. The Sun Journal printed a letter to the editor on July 18 featuring the same complaint. Apparently, the tea party has made a foray into censorship.

In his letter, Jared Bristol makes an unsupported allegation, floated in the right-wing media, that Al-Jazeera is “a mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood.” From there, it’s a couple of jumps to the contention that having Foukara as a speaker is giving “evil” a microphone.

For the record, Abderrahim Foukara is a veteran journalist who has reported for the BBC and has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, CBS, CNN and other news outlets. Al-Jazeera was demonized by the George W. Bush administration during the run-up to the Iraq war but is currently recognized for its comprehensive coverage of the “Arab Spring.” Foukara can offer a different perspective on revolutions current and historical.

It’s ironic that the tea party wants a demonstration at the Knox Museum event at a time when Rupert Murdoch, owner of its preferred media outlet, Fox, faces intense scrutiny for allegations that his now-defunct News of the World hacked into the cell phones of a murder victim, war widows, and victims of the terrorist attacks of 7/7 in London, looking for tabloid fodder.

Renee Cote, Auburn

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Rumor has it

that Herman Cain has choosen Anders Breivk as his running mate. If elected, Cain plans to carry out a sane and rational policy of deporting all non-christians starting with Muslims, Jews, Mormons, and Catholics in preparation for the rapture.
And yes I am being sarcastic. If you read some of the commenters and the Tea Party press you will realize a little reality exists in my comment.

David  Cote's picture

Research provides all the answers

My guess, George is the answers you are looking for may be obtained simply by opening up the Koran and actually reading it. It's too easy to fall into the trap known as "heresay." When Jim Bouton wrote his first book, "Ball Four" which spoke of his life and time playing major league baseball in the 1960's many players of that era panned it
and some went as far as calling Boutin a "communist" for writing of experiences which were considered taboo at that time, such as how contracts were negotiated and how some players actually participated in activies such as drinking and casual sex whiile on the road. The book was pure genius and an excellent read but when asked what parts of the book offended the naysayers the most their reply was, "Well, I actually didn't read it.".



@ George - Simply saying something does not make it true.

In answer to your questions:





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A questions?

Isn't it a teaching in the Muslim Koran that all unbelievers are to be killed? Isn't it a teaching in the Christian Bible that all unbelievers are to be loved? If Al-Jazeera is a Muslim media outlet than the question is do they want all nonbelievers killed? Doesn't this rather odd Muslim religious belief fly in the face of American values?

KRIS KUCERA's picture

No. No it isn't.

Have you read the Old and New Testaments, George? Give me one passage where nonbelievers are to be loved and let alone. The texts, especially the Old Testament, are exactly the opposite -- all about conversion by any means necessary, namely the spilling of copious blood (Old) or eternal damnation (New).

Both the Koran and the bible, among other holy texts, are man-made implements about vengeful gods who are more worried about us worshipping them than them actually giving a damn about us, our hopes, dreams, and even our own families. How about some Matthew 10:35-37, shall we?

"35 For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[a]

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Can you feel the love? . . .

Cripes, all the suffering everywhere (see: Horn of Africa et al), even after the Flood (what was the point of that again?), and yet god loves all his children? including the nonbelievers? Wow, that's bananas.

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Here are a few !

Well Kris; Here are a few from the New Testament. John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. - Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to neighbor;therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. - Romans 14:1 As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. I Corinthians 13:4-8 & 13 Love is patient and Kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things 8 Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away, .......
13 So faith, hope, love abide , these three ; but the greatest of these is love. ! Corinthians 16: 14 Let all that you do be done in in love.
There are others that are quite lengthy so you can look them up your self. I John 4: 7-16 tells us what love is. Be well!

KRIS KUCERA's picture

All under one brutal caveat:

George, you forgot to preface your passages with: Believe in Jesus or burn in hell. The "love" you refer to is ultimately Jesus' love to those, and only those, who are his dedicated flock, and even then he much prefers sychophants, such as yourself, with their own ulterior motives, to wit, NOT burning in hell. According to the texts, all nonbelievers -- heathens, infidels, pagans -- are destined to spend eternity where the worm dieth not and the flames are never quenched.

Have you read Revelations and Leviticus? Now there's some love. The stoning of one's own insuburdinate children at the edge of town is just good parenting, right? Sure. But I see you're more of a New Testatment guy. And that's fine. Heck, Christ said all you need is Him. So why bother worrying about anyone else besides yourself if you have Him? And why pray for our nation in Christ's name when Christ was anti-nation, anti-congregation, and anti-family? Just askin'.

Nice try, though. Again, give me one passage, George, where those who are nonbelievers of Christ (i.e., yours truly) are welcome with unconditional love. Good luck. And good evening. Dinner prep awaits, and thank god it ain't shellfish on the Sabbath. Phew!

Hell: It's a Dry Hate

RONALD RIML's picture

George is still in a Fogg

George, again you display your ignorance of facts. Al Jazeera is not a 'Muslim Media Outlet' as 'Centro Televisivo Vaticano' is, in fact, a Roman Catholic Television outlet.

Al Jazeera is an independent broadcaster owned by the State of Qatar through Qatar Media Corporation. It is no more an official Muslim outlet than the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is the official mouthpiece of the Church of England. Qatar is fairly liberal (I know, that's a 'bad word' to you) and unlike our 'friend' Saudi Arabia actually grants rights to women and lets them drive.

"A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Lose" - George. Don't you think you should step away from the edge and reclaim yours??


well said Renee

The past ten years have seen attitudes surface in our country that I naively thought had died in the 1960's.

Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific has a line in a song about being taught to hate and fear. It's in a song about the love shared by two young people of different races. As true today as it was when written. Humans are not born with hatred those those they perceive as different because of a name or skin color or culture - they are taught by parents and by those who find profit and power by spreading hatred.

al Qaeda has a western equivalent. It rears its ugly head whenever it smells a chance to stir the pot.


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