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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Let Glenn Beck know: Washington State doesn't tolerate hatred, fear, and bigotry

As most readers have probably heard, Fox Noise personality Glenn Beck, whose venomous, toxic hate speech fills the screen weeknights on Rupert Murdoch's cable channel, is being given the key to the City of Mount Vernon by that city's ignorant mayor, who admires Beck and thinks he's just a swell guy.

Naturally, this has angered progressive activists across the country, since the eliminationist poison Beck spews is about as far away as a person can get from our nation's finest and most enduring values.

But let's not direct our disgust for Beck on people who don't deserve it, namely the merchants of Mount Vernon, who did not invite Beck to their city and are already struggling during these difficult economic times.

Calls for boycotts of Mount Vernon's small businesses are hopelessly counterproductive. A better idea: Call Mount Vernon merchants up and promise to patronize any shop whose keeper is willing to put up a sign in their store window saying they are opposed to Glenn Beck and his eliminationist views.

Those wishing to protest when Beck comes to town should get in contact with the Young Democrats of Skagit County, who are organizing a peaceful demonstration:
A loose coalition of groups in Skagit and other community members call on the community to demonstrate against Mayor Bud Norris giving Glenn Beck the key to the city. The demonstration will be held outside of McIntyre Hall 2501 East College Way at Skagit Valley College on Saturday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. PDT. The group will extend as far to the west as numbers of protesters allow.

The message of the protests is, “Hate is NOT a Skagit Valley value.”
Emphasis is ours.

If you plan to go, bring friends and family, with homemade signs and banners calling for nonviolence, a civil discourse, and an end to hate speech.


Blogger David said...

I watch Glenn Beck regularly and don't see this venom. He clearly loves the constitution. At worst he is misguided, at best he is a patriot.

September 15, 2009 5:41 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Obviously you do watch him regularly. Your lack of curiosity about your idols makes you, at worst, misguided....

No doubt he loves his morning constitution(al).

September 16, 2009 8:38 AM  
Blogger David said...

Beck made those remarks after looking at various comments and behaviors by Obama. For example Obama called his grandmother a "typical white person." Obama jumped to the conclusion that the white police officer who arrested Dr. Gates acted "stupidly." And Obama sat in a racist church for decades.

Look, I personally don't believe that Obama is a racist, but I can see why somebody might come to that conclusion.

September 16, 2009 1:21 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

So David, you've never heard Glenn Beck say things like, "I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9-11 victims"? Media Matters has been documenting his hateful invective for years. Exhibit A:

Nationally syndicated Clear Channel radio host Glenn Beck referred to survivors of Hurricane Katrina who remained in New Orleans as "scumbags." Also, after acknowledging that nobody "in their right mind is going to say this out loud," Beck attacked victims of the disaster in general and the families of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, saying: "I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9-11 victims."

That's the venom we're talking about.

September 16, 2009 1:28 PM  
Blogger David said...

I read the transcript and Beck is not referring to survivors or victims in general as Media Matters suggests. To do so truly would be despicable. But Beck is actually referring to the few who spoil it for the rest. He's referring to a few rioters in New Orleans who were impatiently receiving aid and a few greedy families in New York who complained that the 1.8 million payout received from the government wasn't good enough.

September 16, 2009 5:34 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

Sign our petition to stop the Mount Vernon City Council from allowing "Glenn Beck Day" to move forward.


September 18, 2009 2:28 PM  
Blogger Missouri Mom said...

Well that is good to know that Washington State doesn't tolerate hatred, fear, and bigotry. I assume Van Jones and Rev. Wright won't be welcomed there either.

September 15, 2009 1:46 PM  

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