Not Saussure

September 5, 2006

A Reasonable American Conservative on the Kidnapped Fox Newsmen

Filed under: Blogroll, Books, usa, Wingnuts — notsaussure @ 1:51 am

I hadn’t realised that Jon Swift, the reviewer, also writes a very informative blog. He explains in his profile,

I am a reasonable conservative who likes to write about politics and culture. Since the media is biased I get all my news from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Jay Leno monologues.

Consequently, he — like many other conservative bloggers in the USA — is understandably concerned about the two journalists who were recently taken hostage in Gaza by a group calling itself the Holy Jihad Brigades and later released, having announced on video — apparently at gunpoint — their conversion to Islam.

As Mr Swift explains,

One of the reasons Fox News is the only news that can be trusted is because of the high caliber of the people who work there. Unfortunately, the two Fox journalists who were recently kidnapped, Steven Centanni and Olaf Wiig, did not live up to the high standards of Fox News while they were in captivity. Many in the conservative blogosphere believe that by surviving their captivity, they let us down.

As his thoughtful and thorough survey of American bloggers’ reactions to the men’s kidnapping and release shows, this has raised all manner of questions for the American right, perhaps none more worrying than the journalists’ conversion:

The gunpoint conversions of Centanni and Wiig led many bloggers to speculate what they would have done in the journalists‘ situation. Most agreed that they would have been braver. Although La Shawn Barber urged her readers not to “judge” the men, she maintained that if it had been her, she would have taken a bullet for Christ. March Hare went even further, claiming that if Muslims had threatened her children with death if she didn’t convert, she would have let her children die the way Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac (or Ishmael, if Allah pulled a similar stunt in the Quran, which she wasn’t really sure about). Hopefully, God won’t ask her to sacrifice her children, but her kids might want to be extra cautious whenever they see Mommy with a knife. Independent Conservative said that he would rather die than look like a wimp in the eyes of his sons: “What example of manhood would I be showing my 2 sons, who I’m showing the faith to, if I allowed them to see me deny Christ? ” The Anchoress was less sure if she would make the “right choice” but added, “I believe I would de-capitate before I’d capitulate,” which I’m sure we all find very reassuring. Debbie Hamilton at first claimed she “probably would have done just like they did, … read that stupid statement and get the heck out’a dodge,” but later said she felt ashamed, perhaps by the courage of so many other potentially martyred bloggers, and quoted this statement from Vanishing American, which condemned the men: “While yes, we can understand their desire to survive, is their subservient behavior a good portent for the West’s chances in the struggle against Islam?”While so far there have been only two shotgun conversions that we know about, many bloggers believe that this is just the beginning of a veritable deluge of such incidents, regrettably encouraged by the capitulation of Centanni and Wiig, and something must be done to stop it. Even worse, soon Muslims will be able to carry out forced conversions on a massive scale backed up by nuclear weapons. Dan Riehl recalls Ann Coulter‘s statement after September 11: “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” Although he says he is opposed to this course of action and only wanted to point out how hypocritical the Left is for apparently approving of gunpoint conversions by Muslims but not Christians, I wonder if this may not be the solution to this sudden rash of forced conversions by Muslims. Maybe we should convert them at gunpoint before they convert us. Since there are one billion Muslims in the world, though, we better get started soon.

As I say, I was not hitherto aware of Mr Swift’s blog and it seem to contain a wealth of fascinating and valuable insights into contemporary American thought. I shall certainly be dipping into his archives for both enligtenment and entainment.

Footnote: The Inactivist makes the very just point that ‘Swift must bear in mind that Fox is, at the end of the day, still part of the MSM. It is hardly surprising that, as he discusses, only bloggers demonstrate the fortitude to take a bullet for Christ and America.

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