For my conservative friends who don’t believe in the “Vast Right Wing Noise Machine,” allow me to provide you with perhaps an example.

A little background: almost no one heard of USA Next until earlier this year. Just as President Bush began ramping up his bid to privatize Social Security, so too did AARP activate in an attempt prevent said bid. Then, from the dark, dank pits of the neoconservative politico-alchemic laboratories popped out USA Next.

On the surface, USA Next tries to portray itself as an alternative to the AARP. Just a little friendly competition in the business of post career lifestyle assistance. But the excessively transparent charade falls away to reveal USA Next as another cog in the “Vast Right Wing Noise Machine,” that pushes a hard core conservative agenda, along with its useful senior citizen discount coupon books.

Naturally, I signed up for the news letter.

Since then, it’s been an interesting spell from my friends at USA Next. For instance, did you that NONE of our founding fathers owned slaves? And that any historical texts are part of a “Vast Left Wing Conspiracy,” to obliterate the image of our founding fathers as part of a secret plot to destroy America. (Really, one might think that if we liberals hated America so much, you’d think we would just move, yeah)

As it turns out, it seems their periodic newsletter is just a conservative book of the month club. The most recent installation, because conservative books are so important to retired persons, directed my attention to this little gem:

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam(and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer
The vicious teachings of Islam…

PLUS: Why the Crusades were justified wars of Christian self-defense against centuries of Muslim aggressionWhen PC propagandists assure us that jihadist terror doesn’t reflect “true,” “peaceful” Islam, they’re not only wrong, they’re dangerous – because they lull America and the West into letting their guard down against their mortal enemy. And not only do self-appointed “experts” lie elaborately and persistently about Islam – they have also replaced the truth about Christian Europe and the Crusades with an all-pervasive historical fantasy that is designed to make you ashamed of your own culture and heritage – and thus less determined to defend it. But now there’s a remedy: in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), Robert Spencer reveals all the disturbing facts about Islam and its murderous hostility to the West that other books ignore, soft-pedal – or simply lie about.

This book is a unique guide to the bloody teachings and history of Islam, and to the Crusades that still stand today as the Western world’s most sustained and successful defense against the warrior hordes who were inspired by those teachings. Exposing myth after myth of the “Islam means peace” establishment, Spencer (director of JihadWatch.com and the bestselling author of Islam Unveiled and Onward Muslim Soldiers) here tackles all the hot-button issues regarding Islam and the Crusades.

Holy Shit I must get this book! If for no other reason than I expect it to be a theory to practice excercise in strawman arguments, and misrepresentation. Unfortunately, it is stupid crap like this that undermines the hopes and works of true Americans… even some of the more reasonable conservatives (not that I think Harky is reasonable, never that.) (That was a bit of cheek. In reality, I was pointing out that I understand that not all conservatives think that Islam is an inherently evil religion incapable of doing good).

But stupid is such a harsh word, so let me qualify it.

-Whether you like it or not, Islam IS A PART OF American culture. This is not an “us vs. them” situation. If we should ever decide to have a War on Islam, it would be an “us vs. us.” situation.

-Note, this cheery bit of propaganda is attacking the religion. While many people are careful to differentiate between peaceful muslims, and the non peaceful muslims (you can tell the difference because the latter demographic typically wants to blow lots of people up), this little screed not only abandons that differentiation, but revels in the abandonment. This is dangerous. This is dangerous because there are MILLIONS of muslims that just happen to be decent American citizens. And in championing immature crap like this, you are attempting to create an atmosphere for subjugation. In case you are keeping score, subjugation is bad, and can be seen in many different instances throughout world historyfrom the holocaust, to slavery, to lynchings, to Japanese in concentration camps, to… you get the idea.

-This book cherry picks by examining the text, and not examining all of the people who practice it. This is a two for oner. First off, give me a bible (and I actually have two) and by quoting the right passages, I can prove Christianity is anything I want it to be. We’ve had this argument here once at the UPC, so I’m going to stifle all forays back into said argument by going into the other half of my point. What the book says is unimportant. It’s what people do with that book that makes the difference.

Despite rampant murder, incest, debauchery, and all kinds of other evil stuff printed in the bible, millions of people worldwide somehow manage to practice Christianity in a peaceful manner. You’ve got to be kidding me.


Maybe it’s just possible that people can take the good from a book, teach that, and then discount the obviously bad stuff. It’s called discretion, and people practice it every single day. But this isn’t what USA Next wants its secior citizens (and their family’s) to believe.

Instead, they attack a religion in an attempt to rally support under the flag and the cross. You make an us vs. them situation, then you define us as being ultimately good, and then you involve a majority in the us category, and what you get is a bunch of emotionally charged voters ready to go to the voting booth in order to make the bad men stop. It’s an ingenious political tool, and is unfortunately one of the few things that will actually get me to call something Unamerican. Call me silly, but attempting to subjugate a group of American citizens is thoroughly Unamerican.

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