It doesn’t surprise me that John Downs lost his job at AM 640. He so dedicated to the left-wing political philosophy that his responses are painfully predictable. For those who will defend him by saying that he won the Sam Ross Award for Best National Commentary in 2007, Katie Couric won the Walter Cronkite Award for Journalism Excellence last year and her ratings have hit record lows for CBS News. In any event, his and Marianne Meed Ward’s performance on ‘The Michael Coren Show’ Wednesday was cringe worthy. Thank to SDAMatt2, also known as “Mississauga Matt,” for the video clips.
Where do you begin with this nonsense? Let’s start with the comment by Downs that “humans were responsible for 9/11.” Obviously humans were responsible for what U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security General Janet Napolitano called a “man-caused disaster.” The issue here is that, like Napolitano, both Downs and Ward are unable to bring themselves to call this what it was, let alone admit that Islam was in any way responsible for the September 11th attacks. There is a reason why it is called Islamic terrorism and not “human terrorism.” If you can’t even name it, how can combat it? Apologists for Islam are fewer now as this nonsense is being challenged by clear thinking individuals. When even Bill Maher is expressing worries over the spread on Islamic supremacism in the Western world, it should demonstrate how ridiculous those like Downs and Ward are for espousing this politically correct nonsense.
As for the other comments by Downs and Ward, it further demonstrates how their damaged minds work. Take the politics out of it? As Karl Marx, arguably the most influential communist thinker in modern history, said, class struggle, more specifically the armed uprising of the working class, was necessary to establish a dictatorship of the proletariat. This is something Marxism advocates, the proletariat revolution, which, as history shows, leads to the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions. There is no way to take politics out of politically motivated murders.
Next, contrary to popular belief, Adolf Hitler wasn’t directly responsible for the Holocaust. It was Heinrich Himmler, who oversaw the concentration camps, extermination camps, and killing squads, as well as being the chief architect of the “Final Solution,” a plan drawn up at the Wannsee Conference which Hitler did not attend. Am I saying that Hitler shares no blame? Of course not. He was the one who was pushing for “racial hygiene,” as well as the man who put Himmler in a position to do all this, so he is definitely in part responsible those the mass murder of Jewish people. Aside from Himmler, the German people themselves are to blame for assisting, at the least, in spreading this racial hatred which led to the death of millions. David Menzies also points to the fault of the rest of the Western world for turning away the boats filled with Jews because of our own prejudices. The issue here is that Downs and Ward ignore the facts of the matter, that it wasn’t simply one man who was to blame for all this. The simple and ignorant answer they gave speaks to their political correct principles which dictate that the truth must be suppressed if it might offend someone.
What about his nonsense about talk radio hosts in the United States? Seeing how Downs continually refers to them, you would think he blames those like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck for the September 11th attacks and the Holocaust. I blame Michael Coren for playing to this false belief that the right are far more prejudicial than the left. After making this statement, Downs himself goes on to demonstrate the opposite.
This snobbery borders on bigotry. Downs hatred is based on what place in Canada a person comes from, so what else would you call it? Montreal has culture but Alberta doesn’t? Now that is debatable, especially since Alberta has its own unique Western culture which is personified by the Calgary Stampede. As for this kind of intolerance, it is, in my experience, mostly found on the left. Tammy Bruce, a conservative talk radio host who is also a lesbian, wrote an article for The Guardian last October discussing her own experience with this form of bigotry, stating that the left is only accepting as long as those like her don’t challenge their politically correct beliefs.
…Presumably, “batshit crazy”is an English liberal term of endearment, right? When I read another commenter’s description of American conservative women politicians as “a bunch of petty, incoherent shrews”, I was filled with joy at realising how great it was to be among authentic feminists once again.
Having made my point, I trust, I’ll now slip out of my snark suit and share a little secret with you. The real story of bigotry and intolerance is the fact that it lives and thrives on the left. As a gay woman who spent most of her adult life pushing the cart for liberal causes with liberal friends in a liberal city, I found that sexism, racism and homophobia are staples in the liberal world. The huge irony is liberals spend every ounce of energy promoting the notion that they are the banner carriers of individualism and personal freedom, yet the hammer comes down on anyone who dares not to conform to, or who dissents even in part from, the liberal agenda…
One has to wonder what Downs’ opinion of Bruce is. Does he, like so many of his colleagues, share a hatred for her because she doesn’t conform to their liberal agenda?
This final clip has to do with Ward’s own twisted beliefs. To his credit, Downs doesn’t approve of segregated seating at the Juba Restaurant in Toronto, a restaurant run in accordance to Sharia principles, but demonstrates just how ingrained his own political correct beliefs are by nearly backtracking on his disapproval when Coren jokingly asserts he was being “Islamophobic.”
What is scary about Ward’s comments is that she suggests using political power to force the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian sects to go against their own teachings. Just like her previous statements concerning the firing of Juan Williams by National Public Radio, let’s hope this woman never reaches a position where she can make her twisted beliefs law. As for the main point of her comments, leave it to Ward to make an ignorant comparison between the treatment of women by Christianity to the treatment of women by Islam. This isn’t an issue of woman’s rights issue, it is a sacrament, thus not open to debate. As Pope John Paul II stated in his 1994 letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, the Church does not have the authority to ordain women as this was a rite instituted by Jesus Christ himself. Clearly, Ward can’t wrap her small and empty mind around this fact, but there is more to this. How is the Church’s adherence to Christ’s teaching on a male priesthood comparable to the abuse of women in Islam? If it isn’t segregation, it is a woman’s place as a second-class citizen and Islamic teachings which advocate spousal abuse if a wife dares to disobey her husband. These aren’t the same Ward, so instead of being politically correct about this, try being honest.
If anything, both John Downs and Marianne Meed Ward demonstrate not just the factual, but the logical deficiencies of those who adhere to political correctness. In an attempt to not offend those who are themselves offensive, they refuse to acknowledge facts on the grounds that such facts aren’t in agreement with their warped view of reality. This way of nonsensical thinking, however, is becoming more and more unpopular and those still dedicated to it are finding that their beliefs aren’t as acceptable as they used to be. Everyone has a right to their own opinions, but not their own facts, especially ones that are twisted to suit said beliefs.