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Presidents, victims, gays, Muslims -- no one is immune from TVC's vicious slights

by Jeremy Hooper

How does the rabidly anti-gay Traditional Values Coalition honor the 9/11 anniversary? Well naturally, they're implying that our current president, through his efforts to foster peace and understanding between people of varying nations and faiths, would've smiled while the towers burned behind him had he been president at the time:

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EXCERPT: "Now, he’s destroying a day of mourning for the victims of 9/11 by turning into a community work project for Muslims. How dare he do such a thing! How dare he desecrate the memories of these victims of Islamic cruelty! Words cannot express how outraged I am by what he has done – and is doing to our nation. Nothing appears sacred to him except Islam and the undermining of our nation."
FULL: Obama Continues Apology Tour [TVC]

Ya know, because the far-right only has until Halloween to turn President Obama into a full-blown monster. They can't afford to waste any time with a reasoned assessment of why the leader of the free world might see a need to acknowledge the same.

But hey, at least it's not like the person who wrote this vitriol, Andrea Lafferty, is connected enough to the Republican establishment to have ever met the president who was in office during 9/11....

-Andrea Lafferty, Executive Director of the Traditional Values Coalition, made an astonishing 50 visits to the White House starting on February 1, 2001, and continuing through March 16, 2008. Six of those visits were to President Bush.

Oh my.

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On what basis do they claim that designating today a Day of Service makes it "a community work project for Muslims"? I know that a lot of people are uneasy about the designation, worried that making it a generic "day of service" detracts from the specific horror of the day, and I can see their point. But where is there anything about the designation specifically aimed at Muslims? They're included, of course--but then, Muslims were also among the victims killed in the attacks. This rant makes no sense at all.

Posted by: Rachel Snyder | Sep 11, 2009 10:43:31 AM

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.

-- Buddha (560-483 B.C.)

The Laffertys of the world thrive on hate, force and fear. We are truly fortunate that the Office of the President is now occupied by one who strives for peace, compassion and understanding.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 11, 2009 11:12:02 AM

It confuses me as to whether TVC's real objection is that Obama is looking to build bridges with Muslims or whether he's just generally not making the day all about crying over the tragic loss of life. Either way, I'm not impressed.

Yes, there was a great tragedy eight years ago. And we must never forget the thousands of people who lost their lives. But there also comes a point where the best way to honor their memory is to live our lives.

To me, I see making the day about service to be akin to the very common practice of making a donation in the name of a loved one who recently passed away. It's a way to commemorate their ideals and their lives by continuing with those ideals ourselves.

Posted by: Jarred | Sep 11, 2009 1:21:36 PM

"It confuses me as to whether TVC's real objection is that Obama is looking to build bridges with Muslims or whether he's just generally not making the day all about crying over the tragic loss of life."

The thing about it, Jarred, is that it's neither one of those excuses. They are going to take a combative position that is diametrically opposed to Obama's regardless of what Obama does. He could personally bake a cake fashioned in the image of the twin towers, and invite every family member of a 9/11 victim to the White House, and tearfully console each of them separately.. the TVC would accuse him of politicizing the tragedy.

To them everything is a chance to score cheap political points - hopefully, it is backfiring on them.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 11, 2009 4:07:43 PM

TVC's biggest gripe with Obama's proclamation about 11 Sept. is that it was made by Obama. They're more of a long list of people who will never agree with anything he does ever. The man could save a kitten from a tree whilst balancing on one foot on a tricycle and they would condemn it for being a tree-hugging, leftist plot to destroy the very foundations of kittendom. That's why I don't give too much credit to TVC. They're whiny babies, and they represent a segment of Christianity that I wish would just go away.

Posted by: Brian | Sep 12, 2009 11:55:24 AM

The TVC is as much a racist group as it is an anti-gay group!

Just about all of these Klansman in suits started out in the anti-segregation movement. Jerry Falwell started out fighting against integration and was using it to bilk millions from his followers, long before he went after feminism and TLBGs.

Posted by: Marlene | Sep 14, 2009 8:48:49 AM

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