This, from Jeffrey Goldberg, may be the dumbest thing I’ve read about the Holocaust museum shooting:
The attacks in Arkansas and Washington are both manifestations of a radical type of intolerance, and they are linked in very deep ways. The left, generally speaking, doesn’t want to acknowledge Muslim intolerance, and the right, generally speaking, doesn’t want to acknowledge white, Christian intolerance. But they both exist, and they should both be acknowledged.
Where do we begin? Maybe with these three points:
1) Both shooters were deranged men whose actions had nothing to do with what they claimed were their religious beliefs, and I say this as someone who opposes all forms of organized religion. We may as well blame the actions of the Zodiac killer on astrological intolerance while we’re at it.
2) Teh left’s failure to acknowledge “Muslim intolerance” is so great that half the Democratic Senators in Congress voted for a shapeless war against “Islamofacism” in Iraq.
3) John McCain rightly called Jerry Falwell et al. “agents of intolerance” before he realized that he would have to kiss said agents’ asses to get the Republican nomination. Ralph Reed called Christian right voters “wackos”. They suck up to these people for professional gain, not because they refuse to acknowledge their craziness.
What Golberg writes is a perfect example of contemporary Atlantic blog idiocy. It criticizes “both sides” so it is even-handed. It is so non-specific as to be nonfasifiable. And Sully nods along with a “true dat.”