Meet Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. He has become the latest right-winger to totally misunderstand the very basic point that President Obama was trying to make a couple of weeks ago at some prayer breakfast. Specifically, his comments regarding ISIS and insane people using religion to further their crazy ends. I personally find all religions crazy (sometimes it’s the crazier the hat) and rife with outdated customs and hypocrisies, but that’s not what President Obama was talking about.
Anyway, Peters took to Fox & Friends to express his outrage at President Obama’s apparent fondness for Islam and distaste for Christianity. Peters said:
The only religion this president is willing to come out and publicly defend is Islam. He clearly romanticizes Islam and treats it as if Islam is above all criticism. We’ve got this problem where everybody on the left in the United States romanticizes Islam. They’re always scolding us, ‘Beware of Islamophobia, you can’t indulge in Islamophobia.’
We do not have an Islamophobia problem in the United States, we have an Islamophilia problem – which places Islam above all criticism. And until we hold Islam to the same standards as every other religion, ethically and behaviorally, terrorism wins.
When you indulge in false tolerance, you enable the terrorists. (TPNN)
Holy Shiite! Where does one begin to dismantle this blanketed statement and utter distortion. Firstly, the only problem President Obama has with regards to ISIS is calling them folks; it just freaks me out whenever I go to a Cracker Barrel and I get greeted as such. Secondly, President Obama is merely trying to show the ugly horrors and perversions that occur with all religions.
But it seems the Colonel has a nasty habit of saying extremist things.
For example, Peters has actually advocated for censorship and, insane enough, military strikes on U.S. media.
“Rejecting the god of their fathers, the neo-pagans who dominate the media serve as lackeys at the terrorists’ bloody altar. […] Although it seems unthinkable now, future wars may require censorship, news blackouts and, ultimately, military attacks on the partisan media.” (News Corpse)
Peters seems to subscribe to the same Manichean philosophy of the neocons from the Bush Administration, which is a view that sees only black and white. You know, the “either you’re with us or against us” nonsense. Such a view has no place in American foreign policy and, in fact, is actually Christian heresy. So why does the colonel hate Christianity? Obviously he doesn’t, but neither does President Obama.