Glenn responds to Al Jazeera

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An op-ed on Al Jazeera accused Glenn Beck of being a terrorist, saying:

Anders Behring Breivik, Mohammed Atta and Baruch Goldstein are all cut from the same rotten cloth. Anwar Al-Awlaki and Glenn Beck – the peddlers of the faith – all share the same core afflictions.

These men are insecure, violently inclined, and illiberal. The outside world scares them. They hate homosexuals and strong women. For them, difference is a source of insecurity. Their values are militarism, conformism, chauvinism and jingoism. Worst of all they seek to pressure us into compliance while they work frantically to destroy themselves – and the rest of us with them.

“Now, let’s take this piece by piece, shall we?” Glenn said.

“I don’t know anybody who has preached peace more vehemently and more frequently than I have, at least in the media.  I don’t know a single person who has done more to stand with honor, stand with courage, stand with peace.  Hey, let’s make sure we all love each other.  What do you say?  I don’t know anybody.  I abhor violence.  I don’t think I was ever in a fistfight, maybe once in the fourth grade but that was with a fat kid in class and that’s because I believe it was over cake.  But we made up in the end.  Because my dad’s a baker.  There’s always more cake.  But that’s a different story.  Anybody who has ever listened to this show, anybody who’s ever paid attention knows I abhor violence and think it’s going to destroy the world, not help anybody’s cause.”

“Now, I hate homosexuals and strong women?  Wow, that’s weird.  Because I’m married to a strong woman.  Man, I hate her guts.  I’m so evil in my diabolical goodness.  I love her and I simultaneously hate her.  It’s crazy.  I also may vote for a strong woman for president of the United States next year.  She won’t be wearing a pant suit, but you never know.  How about you, Ahmed?  How you doin’?  And I hate homosexuals.  That’s an interesting one because I have friends who are homosexuals, I have employees that are homosexuals.  I don’t ‑‑ I don’t really ‑‑ can you show me my hatred of homosexuals?  Can you show me one of those?  Because I really, I don’t know where that one is.  But remember, this is coming from a Palestinian Muslim who might just want to look around his own neighborhood and maybe inside himself for examples of hatred of strong women and homosexuals.”

“When women have the same rights as men throughout all of Islam, you know, those big ones like voting, or leaving the house without a man, you know, or driving, and when homosexuals aren’t buried up to their necks and stoned to death in Sharia law, maybe then you (Ahmed Moor), as a poet and an unbelievable hypocrite, can lecture others on who’s chauvinist and homophobic.”

“What else could be going on here?  Well, may I, may I do what the New York Times did and jump to a conclusion that maybe something could be going on.  Like maybe, are we having an impact on you, Ahmed, and your cute little Palestinian lie?  Is that what’s happening?  Because I don’t know what is happening but I know our 8/24 event is happening in Israel, and I know that people like you are very well aware of what is going on and you’ll do anything you can do discredit us and to stop this event, but it sucks to be you because it’s not going to end.  It’s not going to even.  And it’s not a little event.  It’s a movement, Ahmed.”