Pew: ‘Mosque Debate Tops Coverage, But Not News Interest’

The Pew Research Center has posted a new media study showing that most Americans are not interested to hear about the NYC Islamic community center, but would rather see coverage related to the BP oil spill.

While the media focused on the emotionally-charged debate over plans to build an Islamic mosque and cultural center near the World Trade Center site in New York City last week, the public continued to track the Gulf oil leak.

About a third of the public (34%) says they followed news about the oil leak more closely than other major stories, 15% say they followed news about the economy most closely and 13% say they focused most closely on the mosque debate, according to the latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted Aug 19-22 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press among 1,003 adults.

Another 9% say their top story was the withdrawal of the last U.S. combat forces from Iraq.

It is also not surprising that Republicans are more interested in this non-story about a mosque within a community center than are Democrats and independents.

This entire hate-fest was started up by conservatives and promoted by Republicans so it is no shock that the people they were trying to inspire bigotry came and delivered for them.

In my opinion this discussion over whether or not to move a house of worship is a false one. There is no discussion to have here whatsoever.

If you think a house of worship must move because of some bigoted comments from Newt Gingrich & others you are standing against the Constitution and against the very foundation of the United States.

Of course a person is free to hold this position, but there is no discussion to have on the topic until they amend their position to include throwing out the First Amendment as the first step to “stopping the American Jihad.” Since these ruthless, lying bigots only have emotional nonsense and hatred to spread there is no discussion resulting in anything productive that will take place.

The very fact that some liberals are entertaining this as a valid discussion is nothing less than disgusting to me.

Thankfully, it looks like (according to Pew) most people are viewing this as another non-story propped up by the media to take up space on slow news days and / or promote Republican racist ideology.

NYDaily: ‘Conservative Shock Jock Convicted, Death Threats’

NYDailyNews.com:

A Brooklyn jury took less than two hours Friday to convict right-wing loudmouth Harold (Hal) Turner of threatening to kill three Chicago judges.

Turner’s mom and teenage son gasped and sobbed as the jury found the Internet shock jock guilty of a single charge of threatening to murder the judges – a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison.

An ashen-faced Turner stripped off his tie and belt and handed his wallet to a clerk before he was led out of the courtroom in downtown Brooklyn.

“I love you, dad,” his son, Michael Turner, 16, said after the verdict was read. Relatives of Turner angrily denounced the lightning-quick verdict, which came on the fourth day of his second retrial. Two previous trials ended in mistrials after jurors were unable to agree on a verdict.

“Let me be the first to say this plainly: these judges deserve to be killed,” Turner posted on his website in June 2009.

Turner, 48, of North Bergen, N.J., also posted the judges’ phone numbers and office addresses, federal prosecutor Diane MacArthur told the jury.

Steven Slater’s Epic Exit

Steven Slater (former Jet Blue employee who cussed out a passenger and made an awesome exit) is becoming quite the Internet sensation. This Facebook page (not really his) already has ~60,000 fans even though Slater only pulled his two-beers-and-inflatable-escape-route routine the other day.

Lady Gaga Calls For Justice To Arizona’s SB1070

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Pop singer and cultural phenomena Lady Gaga has spoken out against the racial profiling law recently proposed in Arizona at a recent concert in the same state. Urged against performing in Arizona by her follow musicians, she has decided instead to perform and to promote to message of protesting vile and unjust laws that tear us apart as a nation.

If it wasn’t for all of you immigrants this country wouldn’t have shit.”

I welcome Lady Gaga to the immigration political arena. We need more attention directed at the rampant racism on display in Arizona and also more voices speaking out against the bigotry directed at the LBGT community.