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Russell Simmons and His Own Sacred Ground of Deep-Seated Hate

Posted on August 25 2010 11:07 pm
Mark Tapson writes about the intersection of Hollywood and terrorism for Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood and Big Peace, David Horowitz's Front Page and NewsReal, Pajamas Media, the Investigative Project for Terrorism, and elsewhere. He was the writer’s assistant and researcher for Cyrus Nowrasteh on, among other projects, "The Stoning of Soraya M." and the controversial miniseries "The Path to 9/11." Mark is currently co-writing a documentary for renowned terrorism expert Steven Emerson.

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The rich and famous are usually utterly inconsequential, intellectual featherweights, and yet our celebrity-driven media inexplicably believe that pop culture success earns them a forum in which to pontificate about the heavyweight issues of our time: war, peace, religion, and more specifically, the Ground Zero mosque controversy.

Enter irrelevant celebrity Russell Simmons, whose cockeyed baseball cap is an uninteresting attempt at a trademark headgear a là Donald Trump’s sweeping canopy of hair. Interviewed about the Ground Zero mosque for some reason by Larry King last week, Simmons blathered about a “cycle of negativity” created by those who blame all Muslims for 9/11. Needless to say, no one has ever said all Muslims were responsible for it, but continually hammering on the theme of ignorant bigotry is how the Left demonizes those who are legitimately alarmed about the metastasizing threat of radical Islam. Mr. Simmons, here’s a thought: nothing feeds a cycle of negativity like waging worldwide jihad and imposing sharia law.

Simmons argued in the King interview that, hey, we didn’t blame all Christians for the first World Trade Center attack. This is undeniably true, because MUSLIMS were responsible for that 1993 bombing. I’m assuming, and hoping for his sake, that he meant to refer to Timothy McVeigh’s 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, although it has been noted innumerable times that Christianity and the Bible had nothing to do with his motivation. But McVeigh is the go-to example for the Left’s insupportable charge of moral equivalence between Christianity and Islam, so they keep trotting him out.

The King interview could easily be ignored as so much celebrity hot air, except that Simmons went on to post Monday’s disingenuous Huffington Post op-ed entitled “The Sacred Ground of Deep Seated Hate.” The elements of its argument are very representative of the Left’s narrative of obfuscation about radical Islam and hate toward conservatives, so the piece is worth dissecting and exposing. Continue reading …

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