For years Tim Rowland has been our local version of Dave Barry. (Not precisely. There are differences. Dave Barry was funny, for example — but I kid! I kid Tim.) Recently, Tim’s been writing more often in the “not funny on purpose” genre. It hasn’t gone down well with a few in the Herald-Mail‘s readership. But those people can kiss my ass. With his most recent column, printed Saturday, Tim shows himself to be a commentator capable of real insight and eloquence.
High praise indeed from the guy whose blog contains a photo comic depicting the alcohol-drenched sexual relationship between a German Shepherd and an (inexplicably) Irish bear.
Anyway, here’s an excerpt from the end of Tim’s Saturday column. The subject is how the Founding Fathers might have reacted to a certain real estate project in lower Manhattan that has been the subject of some controversy. (And that’s all I’ll say, except that this project has been frequently referred to by a term that rhymes with “found hero bosque.”)
Olden-day conservatives might have sputtered a bit about the New York City mosque, but they would have understood the truth: Religion is none of the government’s business. In this area, government is specifically directed to “make no law.” And beyond that, they would have understood that the best way to stick it in the eye of our enemies would be to allow the mosque to be built.
Radical Islamists do have the Internet. And when the bloggers shoot off at the mouth, what they’re saying to the terrorists is this: We’re afraid of you. You have gotten so far inside our heads that we will abandon our fundamental beliefs because of your actions.
Might not a better message be this: You can shake bricks and mortar, but you can’t shake our beliefs. We stand for freedom on all counts, and you have not managed to nick these freedoms in the least. You do not scare us, you do not intimidate us. You are not able to make us change our ways.
Tim Rowland, I owe you a Coke.
Read the entire column at the Herald-Mail.