Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oh For goodness Sake.

John Derbyshire, a professional dolt, writes on NRO

An e-mail correspondent (Orthodox Christian) sent me the four pictures below, with this message:
This is an accurate picture of every Friday afternoon in several locations throughout New York City where there are mosques with a large number of Muslims that cannot fit into the mosque. They fill the surrounding streets, facing east for a couple of hours between about 2 & 4 pm.
The pictures show different large groups of Muslims praying and blocking various streets in NYC.  He concludes with a request that someone other than him determine if the photos are real.  10 seconds with Google reveals that
I have done some more research on the subject of Muslims praying in the streets of New York City and it appears as though this particular scenario is a rumor that began on the Internet.
By a site whose description is Christianity in end times and which helped spread the rumor in the first place.

Be assured, however, that Derbyshire individually and NRO collectively are not unreflexive Muslim/Islam bashers but rather seriously deranged men and women whose inability to think coherently about issues or events involving Muslims or Islam results from their general derangement.  Which is, of course, totally different from being Islamophobic.

Derbyshire posted at 2:10 by 2:25 one of his colleagues pointed out that the whole thing was nonsense;  Derbyshire acknowledge that it was nonsense at 2:43.  The initial post, however, has as of now, not been altered and the leading lights of deranged, but not Islamophobic, unreflexive Muslim and Islam bashing are now deriding NYC annual Muslim Day Parade, from which the pictures are derived, as narrowly religious instead nationalist and idly speculating on if the violence this year will reach the heights of the Gordon Riots[1] or if it'll just be some good natured pushing, shoving and vile invective.  None of which, of course, makes them Islamophobes, just the kind of deranged folks who Islamophobes might want to read.

[1] Actually Derbyshire uses the Orange Riots of the 1870s but I think the Gordon Riots work better.

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