Curt Schilling Goes After Writer Who Took Issue With His Muslim-Nazis Comparison
Curt Schilling might be a very smart man whose thinking is constrained by a steady descent into madness. We've never tested his I.Q. so anything is possible. However, since we're leaving no stone unturned in our analysis of his intelligence, we'd be remiss if we did not consider the distinct possibility that he is NOT a smart man, but an angry man who puts too much faith in his ability to solve the world's greatest geopolitical quagmires. Judging by the points he tries to make over social media, it wouldn't be crazy to think that he's exactly that: an entitled dumbass with an education gleaned from message boards on conspiracy theory websites.
More and more I've found myself leaning toward the latter assessment.
Case in point: last week, Schilling tweeted out an image that compared Muslims to Nazis using a statistic that was both misguided and completely inaccurate. It said that 4% of Germans considered themselves "Nazis" in 1940, juxtaposed with a statistic that claims between 5-10% of Muslims consider themselves "radical" today.
— Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren) August 25, 2015
Not only was Schilling's assertion untrue (Hitler received 36.8% of the popular vote in 1932), but the implication that we should be wary of Muslims, as they are somehow enroute to a campaign of world domination, is wholly irresponsible. They're not. Most Muslims are like most everyone else, and tweets like Schilling's only contribute to fears that propagate harmful anti-Islamic sentiments within a country that is supposed to regard its law-abiding citizens as innocent, regardless of which hate groups share their religious beliefs.
But that's not the worst part. Schilling singled out Awful Announcing's Dan Levy, one of several gazillion* writers who took Schilling to task about his behavior on social media, and has been corresponding with him over the course of Tuesday afternoon.
(*This might not be an actual number, but you get the point.)
Schilling makes very little sense in his initial attempt to call out Levy for misrepresenting his cautionary tweet about Muslims and Nazis, citing the lack of racist bones in his not-at-all-racist-body as evidence that his intention was not to sound racist. Levy then responded with a measured, especially compelling explanation as to why Schilling's tweet -- and Nazi memorabilia-filled Facebook page -- are so damn reprehensible.
Here's a sample:
[Awful Announcing] You can suggest you don’t have a racist bone in your body. That’s fine, and I genuinely hope it’s true. But I’ve read your Facebook page. I’ve seen the messages you post. I disagree.
You recently posted a graphic on Facebook with this joke: “A friend of mine just started his own business in Afghanistan. He’s making land-mines that look like prayer mats. It’s doing well. He says prophets are going through the roof!”
Do you want to dissect the racism in that? Because at this point I do. This joke suggests that anyone in Afghanistan deserves to be blown up. That it would be funny if someone who would buy a prayer mat—a Muslim, most likely—would be killed by a land-mine. The punchline is about murdering people because of their beliefs, Curt. Murdering them.
That joke doesn’t say anything about extremists. Or ISIS. Or jihadists. It says Afghanistan, prayer mat and prophets. What if someone had posted that joke about an American church? How would you feel?
Schilling then responded to Levy's open letter, sending a second email that was as emotional and irrational as the first (except with far less punctuation). In it he takes issue with Levy's assertion that imagery of Hitler and broad, apoplectic brushstrokes about certain groups of people should be offensive to someone like Levy (who is Jewish and said he was offended by Schilling's tweet). As if it wasn't bad enough to question the sincerity of someone else's feelings, Schilling went on to say that his controversial tweet was wrong only because it wasn't issued in the proper context.
Yes it was, Curt. It was a warning about World War III. The least you could do was post it to a public forum where everyone could take the necessary steps to prep their doomsday bunker for the impending invasion.
Here's Schilling's bizarre response to Levy's open letter:
[Awful Announcing] So thats perfect for you then. You’re a victim and it’s everyone else’s fault? Assumed that was the path you would choose.
I don’t need to cc anyone as this remains between you and i on my end.
If you need to create news despite my request to keep this between us that reinforces what i came in thinking about you.
At some point ill pray for you to stop waking up every day and searching for things to make up and be offended by, and actually search for news people care about. Or heck, just news!
Your line about me invading your inbox without your permission might be one of the greatest “it is your fault” excuses i have ever heard or read.
Also pretty cool how you again created a story where one doesn’t exist.
You know for a fact the post about blowing up prophets was 100% in reference to those unique gentleman on global airwaves daily, talking about the destruction of all non believers, America and Israel.
But that screws your narrative so you act more ignorant than you are, play stupid and try to make the leap, as with the tweet, i meant all prophets. At least you’re consistent.
That tweet with Hitler was offensive, he was a despicable, horrible anti-christ of a human.
Did that tweet stir up negative emotions?
It was supposed to do that, albeit again it was idiotic for me to post in that forum.
We are now in a time and place where horrible despicable things are being imparted on innocent human beings around the globe by people who have made it clear they wont stop until ever non believer on the planet is dead.
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
And I will close with this. Talking about “hiding” behind a live of country, our flag, and our soldiers, is as cowardly and weak as it is stupid.You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have
What the hell is any of this supposed to mean? It's as if he's reading a series of neo-conservative bumper stickers into a speak-to-text program. In what world is "Talking about “hiding” behind a [love] of country" in any way "stupid"? Schilling always runs back to I-just-love-America-so-please-excuse-my-inappropriate-behavior any time he grabs headlines with his angry political rhetoric. It's not "cowardly" to point that out, buddy. It is, however, cowardly to use your well-meaning intentions as a defense for your ignorance. Right? Is this dude actually as crazy as he sounds?
ESPN told Levy that they are looking into Schilling's correspondence (read: they're not pleased with how he's representing their brand), but it's safe to that no baseball analyst on Earth is worth this kind of headache. It's a bad look for ESPN, MLB, Americans and the medium of email, generally.
Dude is just asking to get fired (and we're guessing he's about to get his wish).
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