Todd Starnes

Usually Todd Starnes is complaining about some manufactured victimization of white Christian heterosexual males. After all, the are an at-risk minority, right? In doing so, Starnes usually takes some liberties with the truth. People like Starnes have little engines that are fueled by divisiveness and invective. Whether it’s gays, women who want reproductive rights, Blacks or non-Christians; there has to be a “they” who are guilty of something that Starnes sees as oppression. This time it is Muslims.

Starnes’ problem (he always has a problem) is with President Obama’s statement about the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago. According to Starnes:

The president’s message to the nation did not include any reference to terrorism or Islamic extremism. Instead, he called the attack that left four dead and 260 injured a “tragedy” and an “unspeakable tragedy.”

I wonder if we should we call the Kansas City area
shootings at three Jewish centers “Christian extremist terrorism.” I do
not have to wonder what Starnes’ reaction would be. By the way, Starnes has ignored that hate crime.

Actually I thought that the President was on target by stressing the resilience and compassion of our citizens. Mr. Starnes isn’t satisfied unless there is some Islam bashing.

President Obama’s statement:

A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.

One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us – learning to stand, walk, dance and run again. With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city. And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday – Patriot’s Day – hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.