CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 27, 2015 – Remember when a shilling was British currency instead of a source of political correctness?
ESPN used to be about sports. Now it is running scared because of a comment by former major league pitcher Curt Schilling, who tweeted a comparison between Nazis and Muslim extremists. The all-sports network pulled Schilling from covering the Little League World Series.
Schilling, the bloody sock pitcher who helped bring the Boston Red Sox their first World Series in 86 years in 2004, has never shied away from being outspoken. On Tuesday, the 48-year-old pitching star retweeted a post in which he said, “Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
ESPN responded, as have other networks in the past to comments by Howard Cosell, Jimmy the Greek and golf analyst Ben Wright, by suspending Schilling for his remarks.
Forget the fact that Cosell’s comment was totally innocent and that the Greek and Wright were making statements based on truth, Schilling has become the latest chapter in an ever-expanding volume of broadcast oversensitivity.
Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs quickly responded by saying, “Not every German was a Nazi — it was the ideology that had to be defeated. The ideology is the problem, and yet ANYONE who speaks critically of jihad or Islam is destroyed…we have surrendered to that ideology — jihad and sharia — and have submitted to its brutal, draconian system of governance that prohibits criticism of Islam. Just as criticism of Nazism and Communism were prohibited in those totalitarian systems.
“The Islamic State, Boko Haram, al Qaeda, al Shabaab are ALL devout Muslim groups, all waging holy war to impose Islam and Islamic law — if that’s not Islamic, what is it?”
For the past several months we have been given lecture after lecture from President Barack Obama and the media about racial tensions in the United States in light of Ferguson (“hands up, don’t shoot”) and other similar instances of so-called black-on-white violence. It did not matter that, in the case of Ferguson, the evidence was so strong that the only proper conclusion was to find the police officer not guilty.
Instead, rioting and looting pervaded the city for weeks, eventually leading to the mantra-du-jour “black lives matter.”
Earlier this week, two innocent white journalists were killed on live television by an angry black assailant, and the story we get is all about “gun control” instead of a rant about blacks killing whites. There have been no riots in Roanoke, Va., either.
The man who created the YouTube video about Muhammad that was supposedly responsible for the Benghazi jihadist attack is still in prison even though, to this day, everyone knows the video, regardless of how tacky and distasteful it may have been, had nothing to do with the killings in Libya.
Why has it become so difficult for us to accept the truth? Does no one see that the reason for Donald Trump’s popularity has nothing to do with liberal vs. conservative or Democrat vs, Republican but everything to do with the perception that he is simply telling it like it is?
As Geller accurately points out, “Unsuspecting individuals who make common sense observations are not prepared for the onslaught of hate and personal destruction that accompanies violating the sharia in America today.
“Why can’t we tell the truth about all this? Where has this denial gotten us? Look at where we are: Muslim groups post the names, addresses, IPs, and phone numbers of FBI agents, US embassy personnel, airmen, and pilots, with the instruction, ‘wanted to kill’ — and we can’t speak about the ideology motivating this,” continues Geller.
The political correctness battle is tired and old, but it is also something to fear because it represents a philosophical direction in this country that most Americans DO NOT wish to pursue.
The “everyone-gets-a-trophy” concept is not the way this nation was founded, and sugar-coating reality so that everyone feels better about themselves is not a solution.
Perhaps Schilling should be criticized for the timing or the venue in which his comments were delivered, but he was merely stating an opinion which a high percentage of people agree with and which was not unfounded.
According to what used to be the Constitution before Barack Obama came into office, the First Amendment gives Schilling the right to speak his mind.
As Americans we can either continue to bury our heads in the sand or we can recognize the reality of the problems that face us and attack them head-on.
The country we used to live in always took the second alternative and it made us great.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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