The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg plays the blame game but fails to get his facts straight
Posted by danishova on June 12, 2009
In a criticism of a column by Judith Warner about James von Brunn’s act of murder at the Holocaust Museum, Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic tries to be oh so fair, but ends up spreading more misinformation.
Reading Judith Warner’s column this morning on the recent upsurge in hate crimes, I was struck by what she left out. Two weeks ago, a Muslim extremist shot two soldiers, killing one, outside a recruiting station in Arkansas. Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad acted alone, just as James von Brunn apparently did. He was, like von Brunn, captive to a supremacist ideology that, in his mind, justified the murder of an innocent man. Like von Brunn, authorities said, he had mapped out Jewish targets for potential attack. And yet, no mention of the hate crime committed by a Muslim; only hate crimes committed by white, right-wing extremists were worthy of mention in Warner’s column. This is true for other columnists on the liberal side of the spectrum. The murder of Private William Long seems to be of no concern, and without larger meaning.
All well and good, but he ends with this :
The attacks in Arkansas and Washington are both manifestations of a radical type of intolerance, and they are linked in very deep ways. The left, generally speaking, doesn’t want to acknowledge Muslim intolerance, and the right, generally speaking, doesn’t want to acknowledge white, Christian intolerance. But they both exist, and they should both be acknowledged.
Except that Von Brunn was not a Christian, as evident in one of his mad screeds (h/t Moonbattery):
…These dangerous, imbecilic, concepts, tenets, and teachings, often treasonous, DESTROYED the Roman Empire and drenched the soil of Europe with Aryan blood for almost 2000 years!
The Big Lie technique, employed by Paul to create the CHRISTIAN RELIGION, also was used to create the HOLOCAUST RELIGION … CHRISTIANITY AND THE HOLOCAUST are HOAXES.
Whatever evidence Goldberg has about “white Christian intolerance” cannot be traced to Von Brunn, so he’ll have to look elsewhere to provide examples of “intolerance” so evil that it results in cold-blooded murder. Meanwhile, as a point of comparison, here’s a tally of 13,363 acts of Muslim “intolerance” and murder since 9/11 (as of today).
By the way, the link provided by Moonbattery to Von Brunn’s insane rant on Christianity and the Holocaust is no longer available.
This message (from wwwdotantichristdotnet) is all that’s left:
With a heavy heart, the webmaster has, as of today, decided to self-sensor this website for the first time since it was created more than a decade ago and, for the first time, remove contributed content.Those of you who know me, know this is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make, as I am a Ron Paul Republican who firmly believes in our First Amendment RIGHT to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. This freedom is especially important for extreme minority groups, such as anti-Christians, atheists and other minority groups.Obviously I do not condone the actions of Mr. Von Brunn, all day yesterday I kept coming here, trying to bring myself to remove the page on anti-Christianity which Mr. Von Brunn had contributed to this site several years ago. Given the severity of this case, I now feel that it MUST come down. Nothing hurts me more than to censor another man's words, even if that man (at the end of his life) became so violent.This website does not condone violence, it was created for one purpose only -- to be as obnoxious as possible in dealing with the issue of god or gods, as well as many other topical interests which catch our fancy. We laugh at people who believe in magical thinking, in things which do not exist, but WE ARE NOT laughing at the tragedy in Washington DC.
Note to Jeffrey Goldberg: The webmaster is clearly not a Christian either.