“For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?” Job 27: 9
Job is an interesting story. Job perseveres in the face of terrible trials and refused to lose his faith in God. He makes this particular comment about hypocrites who may appear to be profiting from their deceptions, but God ultimately will hold everyone accountable for their acts.
It’s appropriate on St. Patrick ’s Day to talk about Rep Peter King who is a hypocrite.
He recently opened hearings condemning Muslims for terrorism and raising the specter of domestic terrorist acts at the hands of radicalize Muslims. He first picked up this banner several years ago in his public opposition to plans to build a mosque near ground zero in Manhattan. He has now expanded this to a national focus on all Muslim activities in this country with quotes like, “Unfortunately, we have too many mosques in this country”, “85% of American Muslim community leaders are an enemy living among us”, and “The fact is while the overwhelming majority of Muslims are outstanding people, on the other hand 100% of the Islamic terrorists are Muslims and that is our main enemy today.”
Mr. King is following the well worn script that folks like Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn used in the 50’s to rise from obscurity to power. Their target was communists.
Xenophobia works in this country, whether it is Mexicans, Japanese, Germans, Italians, Irish, or Africans. There has always been a racist streak in this country that unscrupulous politicians periodically use to promote their own ambitions.
What is interesting about this particular effort is that Mr. King earlier in his political career was a staunch public supporter of the IRA.
When recently confronted with this seeming contraction between his support of the IRA and his criticism of radical Muslims, Mr. King refused to admit that the IRA was a terrorist organization. They were in his eyes freedom fighters against an oppressive British regime.
As The New York Times reported, King told a Long Island rally in 1982, “We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry.” As for the civilian toll of the I.R.A.’s terror campaign, King shrugged his shoulders and said, “If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the I.R.A. for it.”
So how does King justify the 1800 deaths attributable to the IRA as somehow different from the 3000 deaths caused by Al Qaeda on 9/11?
King says, “the I.R.A. never attacked the United States. And my loyalty is to the United States.”
To his credit, King was instrumental in helping promote the peace agreements which ultimately ended the uprising in Northern Ireland. Unfortunately he hasn’t seemed to learn much from that experience and appears determined to paint Muslims with a different brush than he used for his Irish relatives.