Friday, October 12, 2007

Empire State Building Aglow In Islamic Green

This story is causing such a tizzy among wingnuts that it has them seeing green:
New York's iconic Empire State Building is to be lit up green from Friday in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar marking the end of Ramadan, officials said.

"This is the first time that the Empire State Building will be illuminated for Eid, and the lighting will become an annual event in the same tradition of the yearly lightings for Christmas and Hannukah," according to a statement.
Michelle Malkin is calling it an act of dhimmitude. Huh? I don’t see it as an act of anything except as an acknowledgement by the United States that Muslims are an integral part of this country. It’s a sign of tolerance and respect, nothing more.

The Empire State Building, iconic as it may be, is privately-owned, so its owners are allowed to celebrate whatever holidays they wish. They already celebrate Christmas and Hannukah (and will continue to do so), so what’s wrong with celebrating Eid, one of the holiest days for Muslims?

Conservatives like Malkin seem to live in some parallel universe, where they can’t tell the difference between a radical and a moderate Muslim, so why not tar and feather the whole lot of them just to be on the safe side. And if you think about it, it’s not surprising. After all, Malkin wrote a very despicable book justifying internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, so to better, in my opinion, justify interning Muslims in the war against terror today.

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