Thursday, March 15, 2007

Barack Obama called on to renounce hate organization

This is what Ronald Reagan said and did when, in 1980, the Ku Klux Klan offered him its endorsement

as documented in Ronald Reagan's letter to the Chairman of the Commission on Civil Rights Concerning the President's Views on the Ku Klux Klan

April 30, 1984

Dear Morris:
While in China, I have been distressed to learn that some individuals back home have questioned whether my views on the Ku Klux Klan have somehow changed since 1980. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In 1980, I said that I have no tolerance for what the Klan represents, and would have nothing to do with any groups of that type. If anything, my feelings on this subject have only grown stronger. The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood. Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse.
I firmly believe that there is no room for partisanship on this question. Democrats and Republicans alike must be resolute in disassociating ourselves from any group or individual whose political philosophy consists only of racial or religious intolerance, whose arguments are supported only by intimidation or threats of violence.
We must, and will, continue our unified rejection of such elements of hate in our political life, for while there are many issues which divide us, it is fundamental principles such as this which will always draw us together.
Ronald Reagan

This is what Barack Obama did after knowingly and willfully allowed its Action Forum to be used as a platform for racist, anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, and anti-Christian hate speech, along with 9/11 denial.

(9/11 denial is like Holocaust denial, except it writes off, excuses, or blames on the Bush Administration and/or the Jews four missing airplanes and two missing skyscrapers instead of six million missing Jews and three million missing Polish Catholics.)

In fairness to Barack Obama, he is not the only individual who lent his name and prestige to an organization whose members use "Jew" as an epithet while saying that the "Catholic Pedophiles of America are raping your children." As shown by MoveOn's Web page, Sherrod Brown and Russ Feingold also did not "resent the use of [their] names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse."

As shown by the transcript of Barack Obama's speech, it took place in or after mid-September 2006--at least three weeks after MoveOn's promotion of hate speech was a well-known scandal. This is the sort of thing that was public knowledge when Obama chose to associate his name and image with this hate organization. As an example, "Jew" was used as an epithet to describe Obama's fellow Democrat, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

This is not to say that there are not MoveOn-ers who have no tolerance for hate speech of this nature, and here is a decent Democrat (representative of the vast majority of Democrats) who deserves credit for standing up and objecting to this slur:

The fact that this post was not removed by the moderators of MoveOn’s Action Forum really irritates me, because it is patently anti-Semitic. But what makes it even worse is that the post has received a 70% approval rating.
I have heard and read on several other blogs, and even in a couple of newspaper editorials that has been accused of anti-Semitism, but this puts no doubt in my mind it is true!
And don’t use that tired veil of an argument saying that just because you hate Israel doesn’t mean you hate Jews.
Joe Lieberman is a fine American and has served the Democratic Party well. Even if one does not agree with his politics anymore, there is absolutely no reason to defame his name by calling him “Jew” Lieberman. An what’s worse it is shocking that 7 out of 10 people on this forum agree to this kind of ethnic slander and intolerance. I am ashamed I ever joined this political movement.
- [name given] Lifelong Democrat (August 16, 2006; Colorado Springs, CO)
To which the following responses were posted:

1. RE: JEW ——–
We need your help in finding a word that is less offensive.
One that describes the Jewish congressmen and Jewish owned media that has a greater allegiance to Israel than the US. And who are demonizing Israel’s neighbors and supporting Israel’s bombing and occupation. Read “Israeli Lobby” google it.more…

12. Freedom can only be derived when all are treated equally.
I will pledge allegiance to America when JEWS and CONSERVATIVES are willing to sacrifice their love ones as they and you are willing to sacrifice “PEOPLE of COLOR”. Russia’s President told you correctly, when he stated his country did not want Iraq style democracy. All PEOPLE of COLOR and MUSLIMS should resent America’s style of democracy.
Scores (8) 100% AGREE

The following advertisement was circulated by itself more than a year before Barack Obama stood behind the MoveOn PAC podium:

Here is what MoveOn's people have to say about Catholics:
You want to throw a monkey wrench in both political parties? Call for the arrest and immediate incarceration of the Catholic Pedophiles of America.

[MoveOn Action Forum]: The vicitm class will expand until you too can be jailed for ridiculously minor offenses while the Catholics are raping your children.

It has been demonstrated beyond any doubt that:

(1) was exercising editorial control over this forum by censoring material with which it did not agree, while allowing the above hate speech to remain.'s exercise of editorial control in this manner makes it the proud owner of the hate speech in question.

(2) The Action Forum's FAQ page says that MoveOn's moderators read each post not once but twice. Therefore, contrary to MoveOn's denials, the moderators saw the hate speech.

(3) An E-mail of April 2004 is on file that notified MoveOn of the hate speech problem. (This was more than 2 years before the scandal broke.)
Barack Obama, Sherrod Brown, and Russ Feingold, you are not fit to lick Ronald Reagan's boots.

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