There is in the air the slightest wisp of cool breeze, a harbinger of fall’s crispness just around the corner. The sky is clear, free of moisture after days of reviving rain.
All seems right with the world and, thankfully, our honor has been restored!
What, you say? Our honor has been restored? You didn’t know it had been torn and shattered?
Does this mean I can take the big “A” off my collar? Can I review my discharge?
Yes, that’s right. You may have overlooked it in the busy weekend of summer fun, pre-season football, recalculating your finances now that the kids are back in school.
On the Washington Mall on Saturday, with Abraham Lincoln looking over their shoulders a relatively paltry handful of loyal and God-fearin’ ‘Murkins came together and restored our honor.
Led by TeeVee pitchman and gold salesman, Glenn Beck, the crowd reclaimed our honor from the very spot where 47 years ago Martin Luther King, Jr., proclaimed his dream that white folks and black folks, brown folks and pink folks could live together in freedom at last.
So, we’re all grateful this bunch of white folks on Saturday finally got the message and reclaimed our honor…and bought a little gold just to make sure they would still be able to purchase high fructose corn syrup after the communists take over the economy just any day now.
But just as it took a couple of years for news of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to travel the nation in the pre-Internet ‘Murka of the 1860s, word of our honor’s restoration didn’t quite reach some in the hinterland as quickly as one would have thought.
Honor, as a word or concept, doesn’t come quickly to mind when one reads about someone intentionally setting fire to equipment on the site of a mosque under construction in middle Tennessee.
But the Rutherford County, TN., Sheriff’s Office ruled arson as the cause of the fire Saturday night near Murfreesboro at the mosque construction site.
“Our people and community are so worried of what else can happen,” said Essim Fathy, the Islamic Center planning committee chairman said to the Nashville CBS-TV affiliate. “They are so scared.”
“We did not experience hostilities for the 30 years we’ve been here and have only seen the hostility since approval of the site plan for the new center,” said another member of the center’s planning committee.
According to the CBS story, several opponents of the Islamic Center voiced their opposition to the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom.
“They are not a religion. They are a political, militaristic group,” Bob Shelton, a 76-year-old retiree who lives in the area, told The Associated Press.
Shelton was among several hundred demonstrators who recently wore “Vote for Jesus” T-shirts and carried signs that said “No Sharia law for USA!” referring to the Islamic code of law.
No mosque in Murfreesboro. I don’t want it. I don’t want them here,” said another center opponent Evy Summers to CBS. “Go start their own country overseas somewhere. This is a Christian country. It was based on Christianity.”
Now that our honor is restored, perhaps we can work on education.
UPDATE: Glenn Beck finally said something truthful. On calling the President of the United States a racist: “I have a big fat mouth sometimes and I say things. That’s just not the way people should behave. And it was not accurate.”