One reason I'm glad I just blog rather than doing talk radio is that I have the ability to self-censor before saying anything that i might regret later. That hasn't stopped me in every case. But at least I would never be goaded into saying something like this in a fit of pique.
A Houston talk show host this week called for the bombing of a mosque if it's built near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.
In comments Wednesday on KPRC-950 AM, Michael Berry said, I'll tell you this if you do build a mosque, I hope somebody blows it up. Berry added: I hope the mosque isn't built, and if it is, I hope it's blown up, and I mean that.
The remarks came in an angry exchange with a caller who insulted Berry and said Muslims should be able to build mosques wherever they want. They were discussing a pending proposal to build an Islamic Center just a few blocks from the attack site in Manhattan.
I don't care how much some idiot ticks you off on the air -- saying something like that is wrong, and plays into the hands of liberals.
On the other hand, if AirAmerica's "assassination chic" commentary regarding George W. Bush during his presidency resulted in no firings and no loss of broadcast licenses, then this comment should be given a pass as well.
But let me say the following about the mosque in question.
1) I do not believe it should be built so close to the site of an Islam-inspired terrorist attack, and believe that any group that attempts to build a mosque so close to that site is being intentionally offensive. Those who would attempt to build a mosque just a stone's throw from Ground Zero are pigs
2) If this group of Muslim pigs decides to move ahead with the project, I believe that no government entity should act to prevent the completion of the project. No special legislation should be passed to block the project, no special application of zoning laws should be applied to stall it. No American patriot should engage in any act of violence to stop the building of the mosque -- though voicing one's outrage is appropriate.
3) If the mosque is built, its presences is an insult to America and the victims of Islam. However, it will also be a sign of the greatness of America and our nation's Constitution. After all, we allow dissent -- even evil and hateful dissent -- near those places that are most sacred in our eyes. Contrast that with the stifling of freedom in Muslim nations worldwide.
4) Ground Zero will always be a site that is revered by American patriots. Pilgrimages to the site will no doubt continue for as long as America endures. It is my belief that the mosque should be incorporated into such visits -- and that upon departure from the site of Islam's attack upon America, it is appropriate for visitors to pass by the mosque and expectorate reverently on the sidewalk in front of it.
Robbie at Urban Grounds disagrees with me on the mosque and Berry's comments.
John at Bay Area Houston condemns Berry as a chickenhawk and praises terrorists for their bravery.