On Tuesday, Curt Schilling caused a Twitter meltdown when he compared Muslims to Germans in the 1940s, and Muslim Extremists to Nazis. Social Media’s judgement was swift. Curt Schilling will forevermore be known as a racist.
Before we get too deep in the water, we should talk about who is Curt Schilling. I’m not talking about his baseball career, but who he is as a person. Schilling is a Republican and Christian Conservative who supported George W. Bush and the Iraq War. He is a Born-Again Christian who believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible, and does not accept the idea of Evolution.
I’m not making a negative judgement. The background is just here to put some perspective.
The Deleted Tweet
Curt Schilling tweeted a meme that was an image of Adolf Hitler, and included the text, “It’s said that only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?” The Twitterverse exploded, with many labeling Schilling a racist, and the tweet was quickly removed.
The question of the day is, “Did Curt Schilling delete his tweet because the numbers were off or it was a horrible thing to tweet?”
A 2013 Pew Poll of Muslims, across 11 nations, showed
- 27% of Muslims had no concern about extremism,
- Only 57% had an unfavorable opinion of Al Qaeda, 13% had a favorable opinion.
- Only 51% had a negative opinion of the Taliban, 13% were favorable.
- Only 45% view Hamas negatively, 32% had a positive opinion.
- Only 42% perceive Hezbollah unfavorably, 26% were positive.
- Only about half said suicide bombing and other acts of violence that target civilians can never be justified in the name of Islam.
Add to this data that even Muslim nations considered moderate regularly commit Human Rights violations including major issues revolving around gay rights, the right of consensual sex outside of marriage, and individual freedom of speech and political opinion. Furthermore, in many of these countries, if not most, the barbaric practice of the “honor killing” of women is tolerated.
Bill Maher agrees with Curt Schilling
Bill Maher, host of the HBO political talk show Real Time, has long been critical of Islam as a violent religion. While he has yet to chime in on this issue, he has consistently stated a belief that mainstream Islam is violent and barbaric.
Bill Maher and Curt Schilling are political polar opposites. Maher identifies as a Progressive, which is the extreme left-wing of the Democratic Party. He supports same-sex marriage, the legalization of gambling, prostitution and marijuana, and has been a strong supporter of President Barack Obama. Schilling and Maher could not be more different.
Maher regularly discusses his opinions on his television show, and they have been widely reported in the news. He has been extremely critical of the religion of Islam. His assertion is that even the Muslims identified as “moderate” are accepting of violence against nonbelievers, violence against women, and violence against homosexuals.
When criticized for his position, Maher has cited the 2013 Pew Research Center report that revealed 88% of Muslims in Egypt, and 62% of Muslims in Pakistan, favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim religion. The same study showed Muslim support for making sharia the law of the land, and support for it to be applied to non-Muslims ranged from a low of 29% to a high of 74%, depending on the country.
WWTD: What Would Trump Do?
After being suspended by ESPN, Schilling tweeted “I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.”
What we have all learned from Donald Trump is it is better to be hated for who you are, than loved for who you are not. Agree or disagree, Curt Schilling would have been best served by doubling down, and putting his critics on the defensive.
While we may all agree that the majority of Muslims do not support violence and terrorism, there is a significant percentage who do, and their support is based on their religious beliefs. Those of us who are not Muslim, despite the efforts of the Politically Correct crowd, do not get to define a true Muslim.
Curt Schilling has been suspended by ESPN for his controversial tweet, They were covering their backside. I have been criticized from people on the Right for my support of Same-Sex Marriage, and I have been demonized by some of the Left for my Pro-Life position. There are consequences for taking a side on controversial issues. Embrace it.
Winston Churchill once said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” No matter what side of an issue you are on, the only way we will be able to preserve our freedom of conscience (a human right) is to not back down when being shouted down.