A clip of Whoopi Goldberg on Oprah Winfrey’s show yesterday via Andrew Breitbart’s video website.
No Whoopi, neither Muhammed Ali nor Kareem Abdul Jabar were responsible for the September 11th attacks. That wasn’t what Bill O’Reilly was saying when he was on ‘The View’ weeks ago, but that won’t stop her and Joy Behar from trying to excuse their behaviour. The issue here is that, according to Whoopi, O’Reilly wasn’t being politically correct about this issue. Despite evidence to the contrary, Islam cannot be blamed for these terrorist attacks because not all Muslims are fundamentalist. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but let’s not pretend that Islam itself is not in anyway responsible for the violence we are seeing today.
This is the same kind of thinking that has led the Transport Security Administration (TSA) to feeling up 3-year-old girls. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey covered this story last Friday, but the accompanying video has been pulled off Youtube. While the more popular story is John “don’t touch my junk” Tyner, I do think the best example of these regulations going too far is the previous story. Once again, we see how absurd this political correctness has become. As Mark Levin said on his show last week, we know who we are looking for and it most certainly isn’t a 3-year-old girl. The problem is that we can’t target those most likely to commit a terrorist attack because one civil rights group after another would be filing lawsuits in protest. Instead, we have to violate the rights of everyone who boards an aircraft to appease these very same groups. As Mark Simone pointed out last night while filling in for Mark Levin, we don’t see the those people who protested the USA PATRIOT Act protesting these TSA security measures, do we? They have a problem with the wire-tapping of suspected terrorists but not the groping of American airline passengers?
Political correctness has gotten to the point of ridiculousness (the absurdity of a Muslim TSA agent frisking a Catholic nun seems lost on those in charge). When facts and reason are thrown away to appease those who support and advocate terrorism, there is a problem. If it isn’t Hollywood celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg trying to tell us how we should think about Islamic terrorism, it is the Transport Security Administration making all American airline passengers uncomfortable because they are unwilling to take the steps necessary to actually combat the real threat. Islamic terrorism is a fact and no amount of politically correct nonsense will change that.
UPDATE: To highlight just how ridiculous things have gotten, Reason TV’s Ted Balaker and Nick Gillespie compare the TSA security regulations to prison-style strip searches. (Hat-tip to Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey)
So what are the differences between a prison-style strip search and these security procedures for those not willing to go through a full-body scan? Prison officials are far more respectful, taking those who need to be searched to a private area, and they don’t touch the person being searched. Why has it come to the point where criminals are treated with more respect than airline passengers? Infuriating…