I noted Al Sharpton’s disgusting sidetrip into religious bigotry from last night below, but have since been thinking about how he and others pursued –rightly– Don Imus for the shock jock’s vulgar and bigoted comments on the Rutgers women hoopsters.
Will Sharpton now receive the same sort of scrutiny for the same sort of “aside,” one that was aimed at the nearly six million American Mormons? Will MSM rush over to Harry Reid’s office to get a reaction? Will Sharpton see his speaking engagements dry up and editorial condemnation flow down on him as it did –rightly– on Imus?
I argue on a recent Stand To Reason radio broadcast that the American ear has been trained to hear and the American mind trained to condemn racial bigotry, and that that was a very good thing for a civil society to learn.
We have also been trained to hear and condemn anti-Semitism and, to a lesser extent, anti-Catholic bigotry. Again, very good things.
We are in the process of learning to distinguish between anti-Muslim rants and anti-jiahdist commentary, and to rebuke the former and welcome the latter as any pluralistic society must.
But we are largely untrained in detecting anti-Mormon slurs like Sharpton’s, even though they are interchangeable with all other ethnic, racial, or religious slurs. See if Sharpton’s bigotry draws any condemnation from within MSM, or any scrutiny at all.