Former Florida Republican Congressman Allen West had a fiery response to a portion of comedian Bill Cosby's recent op-ed in which he said everyone should strive to emulate the family values of Muslims.
"Bill Cosby said we should b more like Muslims," West tweeted. "U mean honor killings, beheadings, suicide bombings? Hope ur kidding sir."
Here's how some Blaze readers responded:
I hate to say anything against the Colonel, but he is off the mark on this. If Mr. Cosby had used the words “Islamists” then the Colonels comments would be spot on, but painting all Muslims this way is wrong. I have traveled the world and have been amazed at how humble and giving most Muslims are. They would give you the shirt off their back if you as much as stared at it. Always quick to share a meal with you and welcome you into their homes. These experiences have shown me that their is a difference between Muslims, and Islamists. We all need to make that distinction.
Cosby says, “I’m a Christian.” That means absolutely nothing. Anybody can call themselves a Christian — millions do, but most of them don’t do anything that Jesus Christ promotes — they just like to call themselves Christian.
If you’re a true follower of Jesus Christ you promote His ways, his Truth, his beliefs — not something of a heathen religion like Islam. Cosby is a phony — a washed out comedian and he should take up knitting or something else he can handle without getting into trouble.
I hate it when someone I have respected as a person and an actor for many years makes one really stupid statement and changes my entire opinion about them. Sorry Bill, being more like the muslims is the last thing I want to do. As far as I am concerned, they are totally unamerican, just like our POTUS,
I worked with Bill Cosby in the Motion Picture Industry, and I can state without reservation, that he is one of the most racist individuals I have ever had the displeasure of associating with. These comments by him don’t surprise me at all. Thank you Allen West for speaking out against this bigot.
Cosby listed the qualities that Islam produces in many cases, which he considers desirable. Of course he didn’t mean honor killings, beheadings, etc. Lets not dance around the straw man, here.
The ignorance of his statement is that all religions produce desirable social or moral effects in the best cases. As CS Lewis noted in Mere Christianity, if you look at the various moral teachings of the world, you’d be amazed at how closely they resemble each other – only minor differences really.
But where Muslims split off from the others, no sane person on the outside, who doesn’t have a gun to their head (and many muslims worldwide do, effectively have a gun to their head), would say, “I bet God is most like this.” Because that, to me, is the point. The law of righteousness is meant to describe the way God is (as opposed to the way man ought to be – while true, the law of righteousness becomes more useful as such when you have fallen in love with a God who, though you can’t wrap your mind around it, really and truly is worthy of eternal praise – having fallen in love with that, you’ll find yourself spontaneously emulating Him, not just following a bunch of rules).
I read Bill Cosby’s op-ed. If you read and pay close attention to what he said, he did not say we should be Muslims, but that the “Black Muslim” community in the US, teaches their children to respect themselves, stay away from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc. They teach them to be respectful and that it is a lesson that we would all do well to emulate. He did not endorse the Muslim religion by any stretch of the imagination. That is MY interpretation of his op-ed. Dr. Bill Cosby has, for a number of years, been decrying the fall of the family unit in the black community and the social decline that has been the result. If an enemy is doing something right, does it make it wrong for us, just because it is our enemy that is the good example. I am ONLY speaking of the Black Muslim Community in the US and NOT the terrorism that permeates so much of the rest of the world.
I read the op-ed. He was only referring to black Muslim’s about their not smoking or drinking. Not the best example, to be sure, but West took this comment completely out of context. He certainly could have used the Mormons for the point about not smoking or drinking, but how many black people identify with Mormons. I like Allen West, and I wish that he was running in my district in central Florida, but taking Cosby out of context to make some cheap political points was lame.
Cosby isnt suggesting we become terrorists or be a radical muslim. Read the whole thing.
…There is no other group like the Black Muslims, who put so much effort into teaching children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect… We’d be a better world if we emulated them. We don’t have to become black Muslims, but we can embrace the things that work.
What he is really saying is that christians have abandoned these values and we need to return to them. Lets remember Christ and be honorable people
I like Bill Cosby, always have. You people should read the entire op-ed he wrote. The link was provided. Please, give it a read. His statement about muslims comes at the very end of a good discussion of how black people should take responsibility for themselves and the rearing and teaching of their children, how they should own their problems rather than blame them on whitey, how they should avoid drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, take better care of their own health so that they feel well enough to take an active part in the healing of their sick culture. I think you would agree with 100% of what he said prior to the “we should be more like muslims” statement.
Now, about that objectionable statement. I am currently living in Qatar. I see all kinds of muslims, both the good and the bad. Surprise, surprise, there ARE good muslims in the world. And what Bill says about their involvement and caring for their children and wives is 100% spot on. Yet, this can be said of good, decent people of any religion or creed. There is such a huge problem with radical Islam that I wouldn’t use that religion as a model for living. I think Bill was wrong-headed in this particular statement, and would question him on it if I had the chance. The rest of what he said was spot on.
I applaud Bill Cosby for standing up and saying what he thinks. We need more people like him.
I do not believe Bill Cosby said those things, unless somehow he is not functioning properly. A decade ago or so, it was Dr. Cosby that said black men needed to be fathers to their children and quit going from house to house, woman to woman, having children. It was Elijah Mohammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam, who did exactly that, fathering about 21 children with different women, only married to one. Nineteen of the children sued to succeed their father in the lucrative cult leadership.
If Bill Cosby wanted to be consistent with his Christian heritage and present state, he should have said all needed to follow Christ Jesus who did not steal, kill, or destroy, though Islam through Mohammad and Muhammad did.