When a public official resorts to crudely threatening an inquisitive reporter with a rifle to make a point about gun control, he’s already lost the debate. So it was with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
At a press conference to defend his city’s handgun ban, Daley said this to a reporter who dared ask how effective the ban has been: “It’s been very effective. If I put this up your butt, you’ll find out how effective it is. Let me put a round up your, you know.”
(Hat tip to Don Surber)
Daley later apologized for the comment — sort of. “Sure, I’ll be sorry. I’m not going to sing the [1960 Brenda Lee] song ‘I’m Sorry’ now, but sure, you can write it. But I hope I shocked you that you can write about now the gun manufacturers.”
But his apology was about as effective as … the city’s handgun ban.
I hereby proclaim Daley the first winner of the “Real Leaders of Genius” award here at The Enlightened Redneck. He’s earned it.
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I have been negligent for the past month in my mission to enlighten the world about the ways of the redneck, so I wanted to take a moment to explain my absence. Two ongoing events have robbed me of much of my spare time:
The new job likely means I will be blogging less because I, like politicians who face the prospect of electoral defeat, want to “spend more time with my family.” I also have a book to edit for a friend, a long-overdue project — and I’m a FarmVille addict who needs his fix almost daily.
But I want the few loyal readers I have to know that I am committed to preaching the redneck gospel, so please do check back regularly. I appreciate your interest in this blog.
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Today was “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day,” an online protest manufactured by a bunch of juveniles who fancy themselves defenders of the sacred American principle of free speech.
Does the First Amendment give them the right to engage in such offensive behavior? Absolutely. Do I, a journalist whose livelihood depends upon that constitutional guarantee and a Christian whose religious freedom is protected by it, defend their right to be willfully obnoxious? Yes, reluctantly.
But what I won’t do is praise anyone who thinks it noble to viciously demean another man’s beliefs.
That’s especially true of people who profess to follow Christ. “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” violates a core tenant of Christ’s teachings: “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 7:12)
Notice that Jesus didn’t say “treat people the same way they have treated you” — or, in this case, your religion. So the fact that blaspheming all things Christian is considered high art in America these days is no justification for a supposedly artistic counterattack against Mohammad.
Drawing Mohammad in order to stick a collective finger in the eyes of his disciples doesn’t make him look bad, but self-proclaimed Christians who participated in the event certainly made Jesus look bad by disobeying His “Golden Rule.”
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This is what what you get when an enlightened redneck gets in front of the camera to make his pitch for becoming agriculture commissioner in the heart of Dixie:
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