I saw this live the other day while I was watching "news," flipping back and forth between two or three ridiculous channels. I found it stunningly ignorant. Then again, a person can only speak honestly and from experience. Just so weird.
But then I saw a clip on MSNBC, also live, which was intended to be one of those moral-superiority puff pieces, a genre perfected by Olbermann.
Here's the text I'm interested in; it comes around 3:55 in the video above:
General Boykin who was one of the generals in charge of the invasion of Iraq gave a speech where he said our God is bigger than their god. And we've got to stop, we’ve got to de-escalate this rhetoric and the rhetorical war pitting one religion against another religion, particularly as inoffensive a religion as Buddhism.
That was Dan Savage's response to Olbermann's mocking rhetorical question, "Is this sort of Peter Pan quality here? If we all just think hard enough, our god can beat up their god?" Anyway, did you hear that? Didn't Dan Savage just rank religions in terms of offensiveness?: "Particularly as inoffensive a religion as Buddhism...?" What is that, relative to offensive religions like Islam?
Anyway, Olbermann laughed in response, sarcastically suggesting he hadn't heard of any recent threats to America from radical Buddhists.