Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Straight Up Bullshit From "South Jersey Friends of MOVE"

Picture of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner

It appears that I was wrong in my assertion that the now deceased Stanley “Tookie” Williams was the saint that many had portrayed him to be.

Even I bought a little bit into the propaganda.

According to a recent column penned by long-time Mumia adversary, radio host, and Philadelphia Daily News columnist, Michael Smerconish:

in his 1998 "Life in Prison," Williams dedicated the book to "Nelson Mandela, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, Ramona Africa, John Africa, Leonard Peltier, Dhoruba Al-Mujahid, George Jackson, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the countless other men, women, and youths who have to endure the hellish oppression of living behind bars...In denying clemency to Stanley Tookie Williams, Schwarzenegger cited Williams' support of convicted cop-killer Mumia (among others), as an indication of his lack of repentance.”

In essence, the Governor of California thought it a bad thing that Williams was a supporter of convicted murderers.

Of course, the mention of Mumia and MOVE members by Smerconish sent the media-starved, MOVE cult into overdrive and a statement by “South Jersey Friends of MOVE” was quickly pulled from the rhetorical gutter and sent across cyberspace.

The missive was titled, and I am not making this up, “Clear Media Bias Against Mumia”.

I guess nobody down at “South Jersey Friends of MOVE” realized that as a newspaper columnist, Smerconish is supposed to espouse an opinion, or if you will, a “bias” towards something or another.

If you wish to submit yourself to the torturous ordeal of actually reading MOVE’s inane and insincere banter, you can find it somewhere in the archives of the Philly IMC website. I guess the statement was so poorly constructed that even the folks down at the Mumia website thought better of posting it on that site. And trust me, if you can’t get your stuff printed at Mumia.org, you are really scraping the bottom.

My point in writing this, and I do have one here somewhere, has to do with sincerity.

I am not joking when I say that “South Jersey Friends of MOVE” is comprised of no more than three or four people at the most. One of whom is Gary Wonderlin. I find it interesting that right after I write an article connecting Wonderlin to the murder of John Gilbride, the “SJFM” crew come up with a statement decrying murder and killing and violence.

Basically all of the things that MOVE has been doing ever since it has existed.
Ever since it’s inception, MOVE has been surrounded in violence, blood, and death. Hell, even before MOVE, John Africa (a.k.a. Vincent Lephart) was stealing cars and beating on his pre-MOVE wife.

If one wants to get a picture of MOVE’s long history of violence you could read “Burning Down the House” or any of the other books written about the cult. Or of course you could visit my website at themoveorganization.com.

But back to sincerity. Michael Smerconish is decidedly and un-apologetically pro-death penalty. He has made this point clear on literally countless occasions. And for those of you who don’t know, he pretty much initiated the anti-Mumia campaign. When it comes to the death penalty and probably a mountain of other issues, I disagree with Smerconish. But I respect him because I see him as being sincere. And although I passionately disagree with some of his opinions, I believe that he has come to them out of a sincere concern for humanity and for the betterment of society.

This is something that I cannot say for MOVE.

A group that uses children as living, breathing, bullet proof vests while they snipe at police officers cannot lay claim to be standing in defense of humanity.

A man who blew another mans brains across a sidewalk cannot claim to be the “voice of the voiceless” while he is at the same time the “voice” of a cult that deprives it’s children of any semblance of education and forces pre-teen girls to be raped and impregnated by older MOVE “men”.

“South Jersey Friends of MOVE” cannot convince me that they are concerned with the “murder” of Stanley “Tookie” Williams as they try to pretend like the “murder” of John Gilbride never happened.

The issue is sincerity. And the only thing that MOVE’s leaders are sincere about are controlling peoples lives, getting away with killing John Gilbride, and keeping up their bourgeois life-style.

To read the Smerconish column you can find it at mastalk.com.


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