Sunday, November 16, 2008

Don Feder's boycott of The New York Times

Perhaps the best thing one can say about Don Feder is that he doesn't try to hide his bigotry and his hatred for all things "liberal."

Now a media consultant and author, he formerly worked as an editorial writer at the Boston Herald. In 2005, he founded and assumed the presidency of Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation. Feder is a rabid conservative, with a bent toward theocracy, with the need to impose his beliefs on the rest of the nation.

He has written several books and numerous columns expressing his extremist views, and has appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor," "Hannity and Colmes," "Politically Incorrect," "The 700 Club," "Focus on the Family," and "Fox and Friends." Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham have referenced his columns on the air.

Those affiliations tell you most of what you need to know about Don Feder.

Currently Feder's mission is to organize a boycott of The New York Times. He is, in fact, the editor of Boycott The New York Times website. This boycott is a project of Accuracy in Media (AIM), which gives you a further clue, as AIM is about anything BUT "accuracy" in the media.

What has Feder so upset that he's taken on The New York Times? It's quite serious, actually; a major problem in our world; and something that desperately needs to be rectified immediately.

It has to do with -- ta ta! -- the so-called "war on Christians." Yup! The New York Times, in a November 12 editorial, had the unmitigated gall to suggest that the United States Supreme Court rule a Ten Commandments display in a public park in Pleasant Grove, Utah, is in violation of the Constitution's First Amendment's Establishment Clause. Pleasant Grove, you see, refused an offer by The Church of Summum to set up its own monument to its Seven Aphorisms in proximity to the Ten Commandments display.

There are some 10 other monuments in Pioneer Park in Pleasant Grove.

So, the Supremes are considering this "monumental" matter. The Summumists (or whatever the hell they're called) are arguing if a Ten Commandments monument can be erected, well, so can their Seven Aphorisms monument!

Summum is a rather kooky religion started in 1975 by a guy named Corky. I am not making this up. You can read further about Summum and this fracas in Utah here.

But back to Feder. Feder has been "summumed" by his higher power to fight The New York Times because of its lack of "true" religion and its assumption that all religions, including a kooky religion by Corky, must be accorded equal treatment.

Feder disbelieves that equal stuff. This is a Christian nation, says Feder. The New York Times is "distorting the First Amendment to promote secularism," says Feder. If this wasn't meant to be a Christian nation, asks Feder, "why was Congress's first official act to hire a Christian chaplain? (They couldn't find a Jewish one?)

Feder then delves into the repository of right-wing theocratic historical crap that fills the history books of the Reconstructionists: Congress appropriated money for Christian missionaries to the Indian tribes (that's not quite the way it went, but no matter). "What about 'In God We Trust' on our currency and 'One Nation Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance ...."? Now, I'd guess Feder is being coy here, 'cause he must know that both of those items were inserted much later in our history and were a political ploy to nod to god in hopes he/she would give the U.S. special blessings and protection and had nothing to do with the founding of our nation.

Let us say once again - this is a secular nation! It is a nation comprised of people who believe in just about every religion under the sun; or none. True, most of the folks profess Christianity although you'd never know it considering the shape we're in. Furthermore, the word, Christian, has several thousand different meanings for there are thousands of Christian cults.

The New York Times is right. Toss out the Ten Commandments display, the Summum monument to the Seven Aphorisms, or any other religious monuments that might have misguidedly been placed in the public Pioneer Park, in Pleasant Grove, Utah!

And then Feder can go on ranting about how badly Christians are "persecuted" in this secular nation of ours. I mean, hell's bells, they can't tell anyone what to believe any more. And it seems like the number of atheists has increased by .0001 percent.

Feder claims to be Jewish. Sounds like a "closet" Christian to me!

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