Tuesday, December 03, 2002

Not Always Crying Wolf-Interesting piece on victimzation groups by Tim Cavanaugh, thanks to Suzanna for the link. By and large, Cavanaugh's piece is dead on, for there are a number of professional offendees out there whose job description is to find things to get upset about, like native Americans protesting the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo or latino groups protesting Speedy Gonzales. However, he goes off track with a bait-and-switch paragraph
Nor is there incentive to declare victory and go home, even when victory clearly has been won. The Polish American Congress is still operating decades after Mike Stivic endured his last Polish joke on All in the Family. Both the ADL and the Simon Wiesenthal Center are famous for fund raising letters warning of what the ADL calls "a rising tide of anti-Semitism here and around the world" and the Wiesenthal Center describes as "a frightening new wave of antisemitism and extremism -- often mixed with Holocaust denial." The Catholic League’s Donohue defines anti-Catholicism as the "anti-Semitism of the elites" and asserts "there is a contempt for Christianity among our elites in this country that has no rival."
The victory may well have been won for the Polish-the presence of Solidarity and Pope John Paul II in the news helped do in the Polock joke two decades ago. However, the anti-Jewish stuff seems to be real, as it is has become fashionable to be anti-Jewish in some circles. The anti-Christian bias in elete media isn't a figment of the Catholic League's imagination. William Donohue is a bit over-the-top in his presentation of his case, but the case is often there to be made.

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