Tag Archives: frank gaffney

Cordoba’s logo has the peace sign in it…. for what it’s worth

The designer who made the Cordoba Initiative’s logo by arranging western peace signs in a Muslim-ish flower pattern sighs over the insignificance of his design in the Ground Zero Mosque controversy. For him, the Initiative’s embrace of this western symbol is evidence of their good intentions.

 Cordobas logo has the peace sign in it.... for what its worth

Oh but this is the culture war, and nothing is uncontroversial in the culture war. Back when the Peace symbol was becoming ubiquitous, conservative and Christian groups warned about the nefarious meanings encoded in it. From Time Magazine, 1970:

American Opinion magazine, published by John Birch Society Founder Robert Welch, compared the familiar peace symbol to an anti-Christian “broken cross” carried by the Moors when they invaded Spain in the 8th century. A recent national Republican newsletter noted an ominous similarity to a symbol used by the Nazis in World War II; some experts say it was a letter in an ancient Nordic alphabet. Any resemblance, however, is probably coincidental. The peace design was devised in Britain for the first Ban-the-Bomb Aldermaston march in 1958. The lines inside the circle stand for “nuclear disarmament.” They are a stylized combination of the semaphore signal for N (flags in an upsidedown V) and D (flags held vertically, one above the signaler’s head and the other at his feet).

Which sounds an awful like the present-day right wing’s conspiracy theories about Obama’s nuclear summit logo and this missile defense logo:

 Cordobas logo has the peace sign in it.... for what its worth

Says Big Government’s Frank Gaffney:

Team Obama’s anti-anti-missile initiatives are not simply acts of unilateral disarmament of the sort to be expected from an Alinsky acolyte. They seem to fit an increasingly obvious and worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam and the theo-political-legal program the latter’s authorities call Shariah.

What could be code-breaking evidence of the latter explanation is to be found in the newly-disclosed redesign of the Missile Defense Agency logo (above). As Logan helpfully shows, the new MDA shield appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo.

The evidence is conclusive.

PS I think the lesson for designers in this is that people will receive the message they’re looking for in your design long before they receive the message you actually put there.
Via The Morning News, Wikipedia.

Also tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The President stands WITH SHARIA!!!

Apparently, the President supports sharia law for the whole world and wants to subjugate your daughters. Or something.

President Obama gave a lovely speech for Ramadan, expressing a very important sentiment regarding the “Ground Zero” “Mosque”.

And the reason that we will win this fight is not simply the strength of our arms – it is the strength of our values. The democracy that we uphold. The freedoms that we cherish. The laws that we apply without regard to race or religion; wealth or status. Our capacity to show not merely tolerance, but respect to those who are different from us – a way of life that stands in stark contrast to the nihilism of those who attacked us on that September morning, and who continue to plot against us today.

As countless others have pointed out again and again, the President also reminds us in this speech that we aren’t fighting the religion of Islam. We’re fighting murderous extremists, who have killed more Muslims than adherents of any other religion — including innocent Muslims who died in the 9/11 attacks.

But never mind that. It doesn’t stop PRINCIPLED CONSERVATIVES Frank Gaffney and Andy McCarthy from telling us that this event means that President Obama supports sharia — I guess there were a couple people invited to the Ramadan event that either made some remarks or are associated with some group that Gaffney and McCarthy don’t like.

And you know what? Gaffney and McCarthy might even have a point, but I can’t take their word for it because I know from experience that they’re just as likely to be hyping nothing into something as expressing a legitimate concern. McCarthy, for one, is a lead intellectual in the theory that Obama (along with liberals!) is out to undermine America. He writes books about it. Here is part of Wonkette’s review of his latest, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America:

A few things covered and vigorously condemned in this book: Barack Obama, Barack Obama’s bow to the king of Saudi Arabia (because the proper way to host Saudis is to hold their hands while showing them around your ranch), Barack Obama’s colonial subject bow to Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama’s father (who instilled Communism in his estranged son), something called “the Left,” Muslims, Saul Alinksy and his legions of followers, Karl Marx and his daily walks to the British Museum, and eighteenth-century French philosophers.

I’ll admit that I haven’t read any of his books and that I don’t plan to. My guideline is that if it takes a book to make an insane claim not be insane, the claim will probably still be insane at the end of the book. But the reader might be confused!

Anyway, more evidence of Andy McCarthy’s even-handedness and fealty to truth and understanding is the post following “The President Stands with Sharia”. This one’s called “9/11 Families Stunned by President’s Support of Mosque at Ground Zero“, and it shows conclusively that the families of 9/11 victims all hate Barack Obama and the Ground Zero Mosque. Just kidding, “9/11 Families” is the name of a right-wing group led by Debra Burlingame — who, it should be said, is indeed the sister of someone who died on 9/11. But, looking at her website, it’s not clear to me how many other 9/11 family members are part of her organization. Certainly, she doesn’t speak for another group, “September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows” who have announced their support for the Cordoba Center. Perhaps Andy McCarthy should have pointed out this difference of opinion in his post.

Also tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment