Fox News personality creates controversy with statements on Muslims studying in the U.S.

Did Bob Beckel hang himself with comments made about Muslim students?

Fox News has not been a paragon of accurate reporting in recent years. Just last week, during the height of the Boston Marathon bombing media blitz, the network announced that there had indeed been an arrest in the case…well in advance of there actually being a named suspect. The network later backtracked on the story, but still the damage was done. Once it was said, it can’t be taken back. Which is another chink in the networks armor, especially in light of recent comments from one of its most liberal personalities.

Bob Beckel, co-host of Fox’s “The Five,” has stepped into a mine field by concluding that Muslim students should be “cut off” from coming to the United States. Beckel made the statement during a discussion of the Boston bombing suspects with his co-anchors on Tuesday’s show.

We know that in the Muslim communities around the world, they do not like us. They recruit people from poor areas and turn them into terrorists. I think we really have to consider…that we’re going to have to cut off Muslim students from coming to this country for some period of time so that we can at least absorb what we’ve got, look at what we’ve got and decide whether some of the people here should be sent back home or sent to prison. .” 

Beckel took this stand during a discussion on the Tsarnaev brothers, the alleged bombing suspects responsible for the attack in Boston last week. It was, however, difficult for  Beckel to quantify his argument considering the brothers had entered the country legally years ago. Still, Beckel seemed to realize that he may have spoken out of turn, and tried to explain his position further by asserting that young Muslims who were already in the country should be allowed to stay, but further restrictions should be implemented, and that Chinese students should be included as well. Beckel’s stance on Chinese students is that they are sent here to the U.S. to learn computers, only to return home to “hack us.”

What are your thoughts on Mr. Beckel’s comments? Offer your thoughts in our comments section.



Jeanne Manford, Founder of PFLAG, dead at 92


Jeanne Manford and her son, Morty, in the Christopher Street Liberation Day parade.

For many, a world without PFLAG, the acronym for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, would be a very different world indeed. But if you ask many about the origins of the organization, you would be met with a blank stare. Sadly, the woman behind PFLAG’s existence has passed away at the age of 92.

Jeanne Manford’s passion for the civil rights of the GLBT community stemmed from the 1972 attack on her son, Morty. Morty survived the beating, but the event itself lit a fire in his mother that was not easily extinguished. From that moment on, Mrs. Manford, and elementary school teacher, felt it was her mission to build “a bridge between the gay community and the heterosexual community”.

Learn more about Jeanne Manford, and the legacy that is PFLAG here.


A father’s letter to his gay son goes viral, sparks discussion

Hate comes in many forms and many places…including ones own family

A lot of unfair and unpleasant things have occurred in the name of religion. And with the recent backlash against Chick-Fil-A and their company chairman Dan Cathy, lines have been drawn in the sand, and definitive sides have been taken. But the words of a stranger made in the name of Christianity pales in comparison to those same words being made by a member of one’s own family; especially a parent.

Follow this link to read a story of a letter received 5 years ago from the father of a young man named “James,” in response to his letter coming out to his parent. Then ask yourself the question; is this letter really the Christian thing to do?

Share your thoughts and comments.

Montana mans alleged hate crime may not have occurred at all

Being a victim of a crime is no joke

There has been a marked rise in the number of hate crimes in the U.S. One of the most recent is the reported case involving alleged victim Joseph Bracken in Missoula, Montana. Bracken told authorities that while celebrating his birthday at a local bar, he was asked to step outside for a cigarette. Once outside, Bracken claims that he was struck by someone, and that two others then joined in the beating. But there may be some holes in his story…

When he reported the alleged assault 3 hours later, it was determined that the injuries Bracken sustained were minor. In fact, according to authorities, Bracken’s injuries may not have been received as a result of an assault at all. A video tape has surfaced from earlier that night that may show Bracken attempting to do a back flip off a curb, and striking his face on the pavement. There may indeed have been no attack at all; Bracken may have made the story up.

At present, Missoula police are reviewing the evidence, and charges may be filed against Bracken if the allegations are found to have merit.

As mentioned, hate crimes are on the rise in this country. And while heinous, the victims bear the burden of their attacks; both physical and emotional. But when false accusations hinder the criminal process, it makes proving these cases more difficult. Add to that the victims’ sometime reluctance to even come forward after an attack. Whatever the circumstances, should the accusations against Mr. Bracken be proven, and he subsequently is convicted of filing a false police report, the punishment should fit the crime.

What are your thoughts on this pending case? Weigh in with your comments.