I am by no means someone who gets easily offended. In fact, I frequently call out the overly “politically correct” nature of liberals. But an article that former Republican House Rep. Allen West posted on his official Facebook page and published on his website was one of the most offensive things I’ve read in quite a while.
To give you an idea of just how ridiculous this article is, it’s literally titled What Charlie Sheen Just Announced May Help ISIS Recruitment.
The reasoning behind this claim is just as ridiculous as the headline itself:
I must tell you this Sheen story has put me over the edge.
No WONDER the Islamists of ISIS laugh at us. No wonder they call us infidels in our land of “prostitution and vice.” No wonder they believe they can easily defeat us.
Look around at what our culture has become. Soft and weak, in the land of “participation trophies” and “safe places” and “gun-free zones.” (Source)
Yes, this article says that because Americans are weak and lack morals that ISIS has a legitimate reason to laugh at us. Apparently their “moral code” is superior to ours.
I would like to point out that this article was written by a woman, Michele Hickford, who ISIS wouldn’t have allowed the freedom of speech to write anything. Just thought I’d throw that out there considering the absurdity of her article.
She goes on to suggest that America might be “waking up” which is why Donald Trump is one of the party’s presidential frontrunners. Because nothing says “we need to preserve the morality of America” quite like speaking highly of a guy who’s been divorced twice and had at least one affair.
What is Hickford suggesting, that the United States should be run like a Christian version of ISIS? Where strict religious codes are forced on people and “morality” is governed? Does she believe, like ISIS does, that those who ignore these “religious codes of morality” should pay for their “vices” with their life?
If you ask me, that’s exactly what this sounds like. She believes the United States is in moral decay and ISIS is right to look down upon us for it.
She’s obviously trying to blame the supposed “decay” of American culture on liberals, clearly ignorant of the fact that the creation of ISIS isn’t in response to the moral codes of the United States, but the incompetence of the Bush administration.
I guess it does show the true nature of the radicalization of the far-right. Stooping to such a level (with many comments agreeing with her) as to say that ISIS is right to “laugh at us” because of a supposed lack of morality within American culture. Because Charlie Sheen represents all of America, or liberals for that matter. Right.
It’s rhetoric like this that’s an absolute embarrassment to this country, and I’m ashamed that there are millions of conservatives who buy into it.
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