Pat Boone Compares Mumbai Terror to U.S. Gay Protests
In a column posted to a right-wing Wed publication, Pat Boone--once a super-star recording artist--compared the peaceful anti-Prop. 8 demonstrations that took place across America last month with the terrorist attack that left more than 170 dead in Mumbai.
Boone’s article appeared on Dec. 6 at WorldNetDaily, and began by describing the carnage wrought by terrorists thought to be Pakistani in origin.
"Suddenly, hundreds of innocent, unsuspecting people are hostages, some of them being systematically murdered," Boone wrote.
"Bombs are exploding, people are screaming, military are descending into the chaos, TV crews are coming from everywhere to broadcast the carnage worldwide."
Boone wrote that it is posited that the terrorists were Islamic fundamentalists who were dispatched to kill "infidels," then shifted to America and the anti-Prop. 8 demonstrations that have occurred in 300 cities around the country since California voters approved an amendment to that state’s constitution revoking the exiting right of gay and lesbian families to enter into marriage.
Though the demonstrations have been overwhelmingly peaceful, a handful of incidents--most of them taking place apart from the anti-Prop. 8 protests--have been seized upon by religious and social conservatives as emblematic of the anti-Prop. 8 movement.
Referring to these incidents, Boone wrote, "Are you unaware of the raging demonstrations in our streets, in front of our churches and synagogues, even spilling into these places of worship, and many of these riots turning defamatory and violent?"
Continued the singer’s article, "Have you not seen the angry distorted faces of the rioters, seen their derogatory and threatening placards and signs, heard their vows to overturn the democratically expressed views of voters, no matter what it costs, no matter what was expressed at the polls?"
Boone’s article went on, "You haven’t heard about the well-oiled campaign to find out the names of every voter and business that contributed as much as $1,000, or even much less, in support of Prop 8?
"You haven’t heard about the announced plans to boycott, demonstrate, intimidate and threaten each one--because they dared to vote to retain marriage as between one man and one woman?
"You haven’t seen, on the evening news, prominent entertainers and even California Gov. Schwarzenegger, urging the demonstrators on, telling them they should ’never give up’ until they get their way?"
Added Boone, "Assuming you have become aware of all this, let me ask you: Have you not seen the awful similarity between what happened in Mumbai and what’s happening right now in our cities?"
Ceding that the terrorist attack in Mumbai left a grand hotel severely damaged and smoldering, with a high body count, whereas in America nothing of the sort has happened, Boone wrote, "I’m referring to the anger, the vehemence, the total disregard for law and order and the supposed rights of their fellow citizens.
"I’m referring to the intolerance, the hate seething in the words, faces and actions of those who didn’t get their way in a democratic election, and who proclaim loudly that they will get their way, no matter what the electorate wants!"
Added Boone, "Hate is hate, no matter where it erupts. And hate, unbridled, will eventually and inevitably boil into violence."