You know, Massachusetts makes me proud sometimes. Really, profoundly proud. Not when one of our electeds tosses around terms like “pandering to special interest groups” and “political correctness run amok”, and “playing politics with terrorism”. As everyone seems to know, these were aimed at the Governor for having the simple decency to listen to Muslims and agree that their religious freedom be respected. (Mind you, this was in a press release; not an unguarded, off the cuff moment for Cahill. He actually thought about it.)
No, I'm really immensely proud of the reaction of our religious communities — Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and other:
Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders, adorned in the vestments of their respective faiths, stood shoulder to shoulder on the steps of a Roxbury mosque today and strongly condemned Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill’s remarks blasting Governor Deval Patrick’s attendance last weekend at a forum at the mosque.
The gathering included leaders from the Archdiocese of Boston, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the Massachusetts Council of Churches, some of Boston’s most prominent black churches, and several Jewish temples.
One by one, they strode to a microphone in front of an audience of several hundred members of the mosque and said they were incensed that Cahill had equated Patrick’s meeting with the Muslim community and support for some of their requests to “playing politics with terrorism.”
Cahill — along with apparently many others — has to learn the hard way that Muslim-hating is not the acceptable outlet for bigotry. For instance, if it would sound bad substituting the word “Jew” for “Muslim” … then gosh, you should really re-think what you're trying to say. Maybe it doesn't really come from a good place.
I seem to remember voting for this guy a couple times for Treasurer. Or was that someone else? Does running for high office absolutely require that you shed your decency? Which one is the pod person?