The leading conservative politician of Â a major politic partyÂ is taking questions at a rally.
“We have a problem in this country, it’s called Jews…our current president is one,” states the first questioner. Â “[W]hen can we get rid of ’em?”
The politicianÂ does not challenge the question. Â He vaguely validates it, says, “We’re going to be looking at that.”
The media does not take offense either. Â They only criticize the politician for not defending the president against the slur of being called a “Jew.” No other politicians take a firm stand against the statement.
Though this may sound like a sceneÂ from Germany circa 1939, switch “Jews” for “Muslims” and what you have is an exchangeÂ last Thursday between Donald Trump and a questioner at a New Hampshire rally and Friday when the media was totally unbothered by the suggestion of a Muslim genocide. Â Instead the mediaÂ were bothered that President Obama was being called a Muslim, in effect acknowledging that being called a Muslim is an insult.
How can it be okay in America in 2015 for any mainstream politician to consider the suggestion of genocide? How can this level of hatred be so normal that even in reporting the story, the media does not find this request – gettingÂ “rid of” Muslims – alarming?
Have we learned nothing from history? Â
America was founded by refugees of religious persecution.
Sixty years ago we fought the Second World War against an evil regime which carried out massive religious genocide.
And now, in 2015, the suggestion of perpetrating genocide against a religious minority seems normal enough that a mainstream politician and the media are both completely unphased.
What kind of America are we building?
What kind of America have we already created?