In a Daily Kos "diary" entitled Nine-Year-Old Teaches Westboro Haters Lesson: G-d Hates No One, a brave fighter for the Jewish people goes after the Westboro Baptist Church.
For those of you who may not know, the Westboro Baptist Church is a tiny hate-filled church in Topeka, Kansas that has made itself infamous for telling the world that "God Hates Fags" and for protesting the funerals of Iraq War soldiers. It is, in truth, one of the most vile, reprehensible, generally insane, and entirely irrelevant organizations in the United States.
To call out the Westboro Baptist Church on a place like Daily Kos is just weak.
Of course, the Westboro Baptist Church is terrible and ridiculous, but everyone knows that, already. Certainly, everyone on the progressive-left knows that this organization is racist and filled with hatred. What bothers me, I think, is that while someone like Mets102 could be highlighting genuine threats he instead chooses the lowest hanging fruit imaginable in order to get a few scratches behind the ear from people who think that Israel is the devil and that the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood (which is to say, the rise of radical Islam) is almost irrelevant.
The message of his diary is, apparently, that "God hates no one." That's very nice, as far as it goes, but the problem is that it doesn't actually go anywhere. Of course, God hates no one. I cannot even imagine a more facile or obvious statement. It's nothing more than a well-meaning bumper sticker.
He might as well have simply posted this and have done with it:
Mets102 can thus feel good about himself for standing up to racism, while actually do nothing whatsoever about racism. He gets his scratch behind the ear from his fellow ideologues, but raises consciousness not one iota about genuine problems. And while it may be true that God hates no one, the progressive movement is filled with hatred for all sorts of people. There is, in fact, no more bigoted political movement of any significance in the west today.
If Mets102 actually cares about racism, then he might care about the genocidal racism that is pointed at his own people from the Arab and Muslim worlds. Jews are a tiny minority within the Middle East and they are surrounded by people comprising 60 or 70 times our number, many of whom use violence against us in order to make us understand that Jewish sovereignty is not welcome on Jewish land.
In this way, Mets102 avoids the real fight, while kidding himself that he is standing up against racism. The truth is that Mets is afraid to fight relevant racism because to do so means personal risk. On a physical level and on a social level, standing up against the foremost racist movement in the world today, which is the vehement racism of radical Islam, means taking personal risk.
Maybe someday Mets will decide to stand up... I hope that he does... but until that time there is little to respect in his reaching for such obviously low hanging fruit.