J. Christian Adams' Missing Sense Of Proportion

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A sense of proportion has never been J. Christian Adams' strength.

From major overarching themes like his ridiculous claim that the New Black Panther Party case proved a pattern of racially charged "corruption" by the Justice Department to smaller mishaps like his comparison of diversity committees to "South Africa's apartheid regime," Adams is constantly going overboard. His new book is no different.

For instance, are you aware that we're currently experiencing a "national war over civil rights"?

[Ike Brown's] shocking campaign of vote fraud - the likes of which, most Americans believe, is rarely seen outside third world nations - sparked a national war over civil rights that continues to this very day. (Page 25)

Did you ever think how much African Americans who gained political power after the passage of civil rights legislation act a little bit like they during "the transition from white rule to black rule in Zimbabwe"?

The empowerment of formerly oppressed people often creates a volatile situation where much can go wrong and much can go right. In those situations, there is a natural human instinct toward vengeance and retribution that must be controlled by the law. In the transition from white rule to black rule in Zimbabwe, we find a start example of what happens when the law fails to control these instincts - legally sanctioned terror against the white minority, gangsterism, and economic collapse. We find a counter-example in South Africa, where Nelson Mandela presided over a peaceful transition from apartheid that, though imperfect, was marked by adherence to the law and full legal protections for all races.

In some American counties, as the black majority became empowered after passage of the Voting Rights Act, new political leaders emerged who sought racial payback. While they did not unleash wanton violence on the scale of Zimbabwe, the same sense of racial animus animated their cause. (Page 179)

Adams points out that both Obama and New Black Panther leader Malik Zulu Shabazz spoke and marched at a 2007 event commemorating the Selma marchers, and compares the incident unfavorably with President Bush accepting an invitation to speak at Bob Jones University:

Keep in mind that Bob Jones' primary sin was to ban interracial dating - an undesirable policy to be sure, but hardly comparable to the Panthers' exhortations to racial murder. Even after the university ended its interracial dating ban the month following Bush's visit, the media continued to denounce Bush relentlessly over the incident. (Page 111)

The New Black Panther phony scandal is an awful lot like the killing of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County:

And finally, [DOJ official Craig] Donsanto dismisses the entire episode as a "media invented incident." This was the same excuse used by 1960s-era southern segregationists to dismiss media reports of civil rights violations. It was most memorably claimed by Neshoba County Sheriff Lawrence Rainey in the case of the three missing civil rights workers who later turned up dead. (Page 122)

And, of course, there's no such thing as a good-faith disagreement:

Once political leaders are excusing bad behavior on racial grounds, it isn't much of a leap to take a blasé attitude toward uniformed New Black Panthers stalking the polls. Increasingly, revered institutions are no longer upholding American values -- they're actively destroying them. (Page 222)

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