Sunday, November 23, 2008

Why it's good to be a moderate

The other day in one of my classes, the topic of hate radio came up. It's shocking to me some of the things that are put out there everyday.

Let's take a few statements made by right-wing talking head and nutjob Michael Savage:

This one is his well-thought out opinion on autistic kids:
"Now, the illness du jour is autism. You know what autism is? I'll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they're silent? They don't have a father around to tell them, "Don't act like a moron. You'll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don't sit there crying and screaming, idiot."

He also told Muslims to "take your religion and stick it up your behind" because "I'm sick of you." He also referred to the Catholic church as being "rotten from top to bottom."

Not to mention that he was also linked to Jim David Adkisson's shooting in a church which claimed one life when Savage's books were found in a raid on Adkisson's home. Savage's opinion on how the liberals are ruining American was rumored to have played a role in leading Adkisson to commit the crime.

There are plenty others, too. Jim Quinn and Glenn Beck have been equally as visceral. But don't fool yourself into thinking that this type of thing comes only from the right. Liberal blogsite ran a piece in which they basically said they were glad Tony Snow died.

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