For the last few days, I’ve been avoiding writing about this commercial made by the National Republican Trust PAC. But it looks like it’s going to make the rounds in the news cycle, so here goes:
Apparently, there’s a proposal to build a mosque in lower Manhattan just a couple blocks from Ground Zero. The ad above, which NBC and CBS have refused to air, is pretty obvious in its opinion about the proposal:
The ad mixes images of 9/11 and Muslim militants while slamming a controversial proposal to build a mosque and Muslim community center in lower Manhattan.
“To celebrate that murder of 3,000 Americans, they want to build a monstrous 13-story mosque at Ground Zero,” the narrator says over images of the destroyed World Trade Center. “This ground is sacred, where we weep, they rejoice … that mosque is a monument to their victory.” [THR]
Wow. Just… WOW. I sometimes forget that people that ignorant and hateful actually exist. Of course, there’s a chance that the National Republican Trust PAC is just trolling the entire country, in which case: bra-vo. They probably hired the ad’s creative director off the 4chan message boards.
(Okay, I can’t help but add a more serious note on this: Ten years ago, I took a solemn oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The NRT PAC is a genuine domestic enemy.
Not only does their ad preposterously link a single proposed mosque — a religious building in which American Muslims can worship under their Constitutionally-protected freedom — with the Al Qaeda terrorist network, but they also expose their own organization as a network of fear, ignorance, and hate — the same emotions that led to 9/11. And that’s the irony: anyone who so blindly hates another race or religion like that could never actually tolerate living in such a richly multicultural city as New York, could never know and love the people who lost their lives in the Twin Towers. So f*ck off, NRT PAC, and stop acting like you’ve got the sole rights to what America is.)