Hatred has nothing to do with it. It is not a manifestation of hatred to want to defend oneself against forces that have declared explicitly many times that they are dedicated to our destruction. And it certainly has nothing to do with hating “people who don’t worship the way we do.” Has this sanctimonious blowhard ever noticed that no one seems to be filled with Buddhismophobia, or Hinduphobia? Might that be connected to the fact that Buddhists and Hindus haven’t flown any planes into any buildings — and justified that action by means of their religious texts as they have been traditionally understood by believers?
“Carter urges Americans to abandon fear, hatred,” by Richard Hyatt in the Ledger-Enquirer, with thanks to DFS:
ATHENS, Ga. – With the zeal of a Baptist Sunday School teacher, Jimmy Carter ended a conference on his presidency Sunday morning by telling Americans they should not fear and they should not hate….
“We are developing an ingrained hatred for people who aren’t Christians,” said Carter, a Sunday School teacher since he was 18 years old.
Unwarranted fear of terrorism is behind these feelings, he said.
“The distortion that we are about to be destroyed makes us suspicious of those who don’t worship the way we do,” he said. “And our country has no reason to be afraid.”…
Sure. It’s all a matter of translation, you see, just like with the Qur’an. When they say, “Death to America!” they mean, “Gee, we think America is just swell!”
Meanwhile, the assembled idiots agreed that Carter’s disastrous presidency would have been a brilliant success were it not for those mean old Iranian hostage-takers, whom we do not hate for their non-Christian status. Carter’s utterly inept and pusillanimous handling of that hostage crisis seems to have gone unmentioned:
Tom Johnson, former president of CNN, said Carter should be judged by his body of work, not the disappointments of his final year in the White House.
“That obscured four years of achievement,” Johnson said.
In 1980, Americans were held hostage in Iran and Carter was held hostage in the Oval Office. That was also the year that ABC gave birth to “Nightline,” a program that counted down the number of days the Americans had been locked up.
“Iran was the drumbeat,” said Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s “Hardball” and a former speechwriter in the Carter administration.