Voltaire said: “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”
Foolishness certainly isn’t a rarity; it surrounds us every day. But there is something quite special about the foolishness of celebrities. There are people everywhere that practice foolishness with impressive proficiency; but it seems as though celebrities and political figures have a special knack for it that most people don’t. Perhaps it’s because they are in the lime-light that their stupidity is magnified tenfold. Either way, inane—and even dangerously stupid—celebrity opinions are never ending. Lucky for me, most celebrities are Liberals; otherwise, I would have much less to write about.
Many pundits and politicians have been weighing in regarding the brutal slaying of a London soldier by a radical Islamist. Following the slaughter, the perpetrator said that he killed the soldier in the name of Islam. This, of course, has sparked much conversation about radical Islam, and discrimination.
Comedian Russell Brand chimed in about the incident via Twitter then made some clarifications in an op-ed for The Sun. He Tweeted: “That bloke is a nut. A nut who happens to be Muslim. Blaming Muslims for this is like blaming Hitler’s mustache for the Holocaust.”
Following this Twit—sorry, Tweet—he wrote this in his piece for The Sun:
“…Islam, when practiced by normal people, is not an advocacy for violence…But this is the trickiest bit to understand. What I think is that all over our country, all over our planet, there are huge numbers of people who feel alienated and sometimes victimized by the privileged and the powerful, whether that’s rich people, powerful corporations or occupying nations. They feel their interests are not being represented and, in many cases, know their friends and families are being murdered by foreign soldiers. I suppose people like that may look to their indigenous theology for validation and to sanctify their — to some degree understandable — feelings of rage. Comparable, I suppose, to the way that homophobes feel a prejudicial pang in their tummies then look to the Bible to see if there is anything in there to justify it.”
Wait…what? Hold the phone. Let’s break what Brand said into smaller parts:
1. Brand says that Islam, when practiced by normal people, is not violent. And the award for most obvious observation goes to Russell Brand! Of course, not all Muslims are violent. If that were the case, we would be in big trouble. That is far from the point. The point is that there is a dangerous element of Islam that is extraordinarily violent, and bent on the destruction of Western civilization.
2. Brand compares the justification of violence using the Koran to the justification of violence using the Bible. Once again, that is far off the mark. Anyone can use anything to justify violence. The difference is that there are no large factions of Christians using the Bible to wage a war on the West. As it stands, radical Islam is a very real and growing problem. They wage war on us because their holy book tells them to do so. The messages of Christianity and Islam couldn’t be more different.
3. Brand tries to justify the slaying by saying that many people in the world feel disenfranchised; and because they feel so discontent, and angry, their behavior is understandable. Three strikes, Russell! This murder was not perpetrated by someone because of feelings of disenfranchisement or oppression; it was driven by a radical religious ideology. The killer even said so himself. The “Blame the West” argument is a tired one, and needs to be put to rest. Radical Islamists have attacked multiple targets not limited to the Western world. Radical Islamists simply hate all non-Muslims.
4. Finally, the mustache analogy. Where do I start? How about this: Russell Brand is a twit.
It is certainly not the time to be justifying a murder; especially when the murder was part of a larger war on our very way of life. It is not the time to be making stupid analogies either. Russell Brand is just one of numerous celebrities whose insipid opinions are eaten up by the masses as if they are manna from heaven. Fools revere the chains by which they are shackled because they don’t know any better. They look up to people like Brand because he is famous and therefore—apparently—better.
I am dismayed that Americans so revere celebrities, because many of them—like Russell Brand—are frightfully ignorant.