Why does the U.S. government only call out, respond to and take offense at the anti-American ravings of non-Christian religious extremists? The U.S. Central Command's website, www.centcom.mil, has a headline reading "What Extremists Are Saying," that links to an article entitled, "Al-Zarqawi Group Congratulates Bin Ladin, Muslims on US Hurricane, Losses." (A poster on our blog at The Rachel Maddow Show pointed this one out).
The unnamed author of the article writes, "This latest press release congratulates the nation of Islam for the success of Hurricane Katrina as proof of Allah’s wrath upon the Unbelievers" and then goes on to include a translation of a statement apparently emanating from loyalists of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
My question to U.S. Central Command, and to the U.S. civilian officials who oversee it, is why isn't similar attention being called to the greater volume of Christian applause for Katrina emanating not from around the world, but from on domestic soil?
Just yesterday I revealed that Rick Scarborough, one of the architects of the war on America's judicial branch, and a top ally of several GOP senators, will be posting in his next online dispatch his claim that Katrina, and the death and destruction it brought, were his god's tool for avenging what Scarborough hates about America.
Specifically, Scarborough says that god was targeting:
"...a nation moving a [sic] breakneck speed toward homosexual marriage, a nation awash in pornography, a nation in which our children are indoctrinated in perversion in the public schools, a nation in which most public displays of The Ten Commandments are considered offensive to the Constitution, a nation in which the elite does all in its considerable power to efface our Biblical heritage..."He continues:
"We are sowing the wind. Surely, we shall reap the whirlwind. One other factor which must be considered: Days before Katrina nearly wiped New Orleans off the map, 9,000 Jewish residents of Gaza were driven from their homes with the full support of the United States government. Could this be a playing out of prophesy ("I will bless that nation that blesses you, and curse the nation that curses you")?...we are bringing disaster on ourselves."That is what extremists are saying here, on American soil, about the country they live in, profit from, and hate. When will the U.S. government finally hear what THESE extremists say, and wake up to the venomous threat they pose?