6:30 a.m. and it's already an interesting day.
Several people have either sent me emails or posted on their weblogs that I am a racist/hate mongerer/racial profiler for the photoshop thing below.
Most of the emails and posts accuse me of assuming that the person in the photo is Muslim or a terrorist sympathizer and that I was being racist or hating on all Arabs and/or Muslims in general.
The caption below the photo is not mine; it is a direct quote from the Yahoo news page from which I took the picture.
The fact that the man refused to be identified indicates that there was a dialogue between him and either a reporter or the photographer. The Yahoo caption clearly states the man was there in support of the terrorists in the courthouse. Had he been a white/catholic/asian/martian man sitting there supporting the terrorists, I would have had the same reaction. This is not about him being a Muslim, it is about terrorists living in our own communities while they plot and plan to kill us, and the utter defiance and arrogance of their supporters.
You want to accuse me of hating people who want to kill me? Go right ahead. That's what this is about. Show me one instance where I have said that all Muslims should be treated violently. Show me one instance where I say anything like all Arabs should be deported. Show me one instance on this entire site where I show myself to be racist in any way against the Muslim community.
It's very interesting to get email one week calling you a liberal-leftist and the next week you're accused of being a racist right winger. It's as if people can't have an opinion wihtout being shoved into a box. Which is it people? Am I a liberal? A conservative? A dangerous free thinker? A conservative lunatic? If you're going to hate me, hate me. Don't do it within a confined label, though. And really, you can do better than those insults, can't you?
And if all that backlash wasn't bad enough, there was a comment by the member of a band who appeared on the FNM tribute cd that I trashed.
And a little misunderstanding with Melly over the whole art/not art thing, and the comments on her site that accused me of being a sheep even though the commenters apparently did not read all my words before reacting to them.
Sometimes this site is more trouble than it's worth.