Liberals Endorse Nazi Tactics For US Muslims
One thing that you may have heard about this week-end was a hoax that radio host Jerry Klein played on his audience to expose their anti-Muslim prejudice:
“When radio host Jerry Klein suggested that all Muslims in the United States should be identified with a crescent-shape tattoo or a distinctive arm band, the phone lines jammed instantly.
The first caller to the station in Washington said that Klein must be ‘off his rocker.’ The second congratulated him and added: ‘Not only do you tattoo them in the middle of their forehead but you ship them out of this country … they are here to kill us.’
Another said that tattoos, armbands and other identifying markers such as crescent marks on driver’s licenses, passports and birth certificates did not go far enough. ‘What good is identifying them?’ he asked. ‘You have to set up encampments like during World War Two with the Japanese and Germans.’
At the end of the one-hour show, rich with arguments on why visual identification of ‘the threat in our midst’ would alleviate the public’s fears, Klein revealed that he had staged a hoax. It drew out reactions that are not uncommon in post-9/11 America.
‘I can’t believe any of you are sick enough to have agreed for one second with anything I said,’ he told his audience on the AM station 630 WMAL (http://www.wmal.com/), which covers Washington, Northern Virginia and Maryland
‘For me to suggest to tattoo marks on people’s bodies, have them wear armbands, put a crescent moon on their driver’s license on their passport or birth certificate is disgusting. It’s beyond disgusting.
‘Because basically what you just did was show me how the German people allowed what happened to the Jews to happen … We need to separate them, we need to tattoo their arms, we need to make them wear the yellow Star of David, we need to put them in concentration camps, we basically just need to kill them all because they are dangerous.'”
Now, here’s something you probably haven’t heard that I can tell you because I used to listen to Jerry Klein occasionally back when he was a radio host in Charlotte. Jerry Klein is a hippy dippy ultra-liberal who undoubtedly has an ultra-liberal audience. So, who’s calling for despicable things like tatoos, armbands, and camps for Muslims? Undoubtedly, it’s a bunch of liberals. That’s why to me, Klein’s political leanings (and therefore, the leanings of the majority of his audience) would seem to be relevant information.
Update #1: From the comments section:
“Since you are a conservative blogger according to your reasoning you should only find conservatives commenting on your posts. However the last time I looked this was not the case.
So there seems to be some logical error in your reasoning.” — llamazaresj
If Rush Limbaugh had done a stunt of this sort with the same reaction from his audience, what would have happened? Since Limbaugh is conservative and his audience is overwhelmingly conservative, you’d have people screaming from the rooftops that conservatives want to put Muslims in camps.
Well, Klein is a liberal who has liberal listeners and that isn’t mentioned in any of the article I ran across which might lead people to falsely assume that he’s conservative since talk radio is dominated by right wingers. So, it’s definitely worth noting that the calls for treating Muslims like Jews at the Holocaust came from an audience that would have been overwhelmingly liberal.