Posted by: Jennifer | July 26, 2011

shut up already!

Some people shouldn’t be allowed to speak:

Glenn Beck, the leading Right-wing American broadcaster, has prompted outrage after comparing the teenage victims of the Utoya Island massacre to the Hitler Youth.

Beck said that the Labour party youth camp on the island, where 68 people were murdered, bore “disturbing” similarities to the Nazi party’s notorious juvenile wing.
Beck, a multimillionaire darling of the Tea Party movement, said on his nationally-syndicated radio show: “There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler youth. I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing.”

Torbjørn Eriksen, a former press secretary to Jens Stoltenberg, Norway’s prime minister, described the comment as “a new low” for the broadcaster, who has frequently been forced to apologise for offensive remarks.

The Worker’s Youth League (AUF in Norway) is a group of young people who are learning about democracy through the practice of democracy. They have constitutional representation, they hold mock Congress assemblies with elected members, and the majority of the members are highly involved in social and community activities.

The Hitler Youth (Hitler-Jugend) was a paramilitary branch of the Nazi Party. During WWII, all German boys were required by law to join the Hitler-Jugend, and as part of their “membership” they were originally expected to assist with the operation of the mail service, the radio stations, and fire services while the men went to war. Once the men started dying and manpower became low, these boys — some as young as 12 years old — had weapons put into their hands and were sent to the front line to defend Germany against the invading Allied forces.

Yes, I can totally see the similarities between the two groups. You know what people should look at next? Bible study camps. I’ve always wondered what goes on there. I bet they sit around and they teach religion to children, and convince them that what they believe is what is right and that there are other people in the world who don’t believe the same thing but that’s because those people are wrong. It’s propaganda!

And yes, that was sarcasm.

Does Beck ever get tired of apologising for opening his mouth? Does he not see the trend here — that there are very few groups left — on BOTH sides of the political fence — that he HASN’T offended. That takes talent, dude. What an idiot.

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