Moving America Backwards: Censoring Michael Moore

Written by Scott C. Smith

Ifrepparttar group Move America Forward has its way, come June 25th, you will not be able to see Michael Moore’s new film, Fahrenheit 9/11.

Why? Well,repparttar 125980 main reason seems to be…we do not like what Michael Moore has to say about America. And, being freedom-loving Americans, we want to pressure movie theater chains not to screenrepparttar 125981 film.

Another question that comes to mind is, whatrepparttar 125982 hell is Move America Forward? I know, I hadn’t heard of them, either, until recently. As I looked over their web site,repparttar 125983 first thought that popped into my mind was: right-wing fascist nut cases. But that’s not fair. I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist, so I’m not qualified to make judgments onrepparttar 125984 mental health of Move America Forward’s board of directors and staff.

Apparently, Move America Forward was created byrepparttar 125985 public relations firm Russo, Marsh and Rogers a month ago. The group’s web site says they are non-partisan, but a look throughrepparttar 125986 names ofrepparttar 125987 board of directors shows a group lacking anyone who is a Democrat or liberal. Amongrepparttar 125988 members ofrepparttar 125989 board are: Chairman Howard Kaloogian, Republican and former member ofrepparttar 125990 California assembly; Conservative radio talk-show host Melanie Morgan, vice-chairman; and Executive Director Siobhan Guiney, described as “a legislative advocate fighting forrepparttar 125991 people against liberal corruption.” That sounds non-partisan.

I’m guessing Move America Forward’s definition of non-partisan is something alongrepparttar 125992 lines of “all of us here are conservatives.”

Melanie Morgan appeared onrepparttar 125993 June 16 "Crossfire" to argue her group’s case against Michael Moore’s film. Which, byrepparttar 125994 way, she has not seen. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned boycott based on not knowing anything aboutrepparttar 125995 source material.

Questioned by "Crossfire" co-host James Carville on not seeingrepparttar 125996 film, Morgan explained, “…I haven’t seenrepparttar 125997 film yet. Andrepparttar 125998 reason I haven't seen it yet is becauserepparttar 125999 majority of America has not seenrepparttar 126000 movie, andrepparttar 126001 reason whyrepparttar 126002 majority of America hasn't seenrepparttar 126003 movie is because it's only been screened for a handful of Hollywood liberals and elite media. But I have been able to discern fromrepparttar 126004 footage and fromrepparttar 126005 information that is available by transcript onrepparttar 126006 Internet whatrepparttar 126007 true intentions of Michael Moore are.”

In addition to being conservative, Morgan is also, apparently, psychic.

Move America Forward is employing an e-mail campaign to get people to contactrepparttar 126008 executives at movie chains and urge them not to showrepparttar 126009 movie. How come conservative groups are so quick to silence voices that speak out againstrepparttar 126010 government? Shouldn’trepparttar 126011 free market deciderepparttar 126012 success or failure of Moore’s film? Frankly, I do not need “non-partisan” conservatives deciding for me whether or not to seerepparttar 126013 film.

Ann Coulter vs. One Billion Arabs

Written by Scott C. Smith

In a recent column, Ann Coulter expressed indignation regarding an apparent Federal Aviation Administration policy not to perform searches on more than two Arabs at a time. I was not aware of this policy, but not surprisingly, Coulter would like all Arabs stopped and searched. You know, because they’re Arab. I think Coulter is applying some sort of twisted logic to this subject. Something alongrepparttar lines of, “The terrorists that attackedrepparttar 125979 United States on 9-11 were Arabs. Therefore, all Arabs are terrorists.” In essence, Coulter is advocating racial profiling. Which is an odd position for an attorney with a background in constitutional law to take. Innocent until proven guilty? Not if you look like you are an Arab. It was John Lehman, a member ofrepparttar 125980 9-11 Commission, that had brought attention torepparttar 125981 policy that prohibits airlines from searching more than two Arabs at a time. To this, Coulter writes, “In a sane world, Lehman’s statement would have made headlines acrossrepparttar 125982 country…that it is official government policy to prohibit searching more than two Arabs per flight.”

African-Americans have dealt with this kind of injustice for years. And while Coulter thinks racial profiling is sound law enforcement policy, I have another word for it: racism. But that’s just me. And when you apply Coulter’s logic to other scenarios,repparttar 125983 logic stops making sense. For instance, The FBI has profiled serial killers and what has emerged is thatrepparttar 125984 majority of serial killers are white males. Does that meanrepparttar 125985 FBI should stop every white male in a particular city or region where a serial killer has struck? Of course not. That would be stupid.

So, even though she supports a racist method of law enforcement, it would not be fair for me to say Coulter was a racist. I don’t know Ann Coulter, so I can’t say she’s a racist. That would be wrong. Maybe we can find some answers in her columns!

Here’s a good one. September 25, 2002. Why We Hate Them. Coulter writes, Americans don't want to make Islamic fanatics love us. We want to make them die. There's nothing like horrendous physical pain to quell angry fanatics. So sorry they're angry – wait until they see American anger. Japanese kamikaze pilots hated us once too. A couple of well-aimed nuclear weapons, and now they are gentle little lambs. That got their attention.

No love lost there, eh Ann? Maybe we should emulaterepparttar 125986 policies ofrepparttar 125987 Hitler-era German government. They didn’t like Jews very much, so they rounded them up and killed millions of them.

Conservatives do a lot of whining about how liberals are always quick to label conservatives as “racists” or “homophones” or “stupid.” These assessments, at least for me, are based on what I hear coming out of a conservative’s mouth, or what they write. Actually, conservative hate-speak is very easy to pick up on. Take Sean Hannity. He likes to begin sentences with statements like “You liberals…” or he’ll say “You and your liberal friends…” The key is to takerepparttar 125988 word liberal and replace it with a minority. Give it a tryrepparttar 125989 next time you hear Hannity, or some other right-winger, on television or read it in print. If you can stomach hearing Hannity. Maybe you’ll need to find someone less annoying. Speaking of annoying, let’s get back to Coulter. In her Sept. 4, 2002 column, titled Murder for Fun and Prophet (get it? Prophet refers torepparttar 125990 Prophet Muhammad. Hilarious!), atrepparttar 125991 end ofrepparttar 125992 column, Coulter dismissesrepparttar 125993 Muslim faith as irrelevant. “Muhammad makes L. Ron Hubbard look like Jesus Christ. Most people think nothing of assuming every Scientologist is a crackpot. Why should Islam be subject to presumption of respect because it's a religion?” That’s right, Ann! Over one billion people aroundrepparttar 125994 world are crackpots because they are Muslims. Idiots! As a comparison, there are only a few million members ofrepparttar 125995 Church of Scientology, according torepparttar 125996 Religious Tolerance web site.

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