It Isn’t About Fear, It’s About Hate

The furor over building the Islamic center in Manhattan has nothing to do with freedom of religion. There’s nothing anti-Muslim about it. It’s just the place that they’ve chosen to build. It’s insensitive to those who lost their lives on September 11, and an insult to their families and friends. That’s the argument we’ve heard over and over, right? Well, apparently that sensitivity distance extends far outside Manhattan, New York City, and even New York state. It goes all the way to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and beyond:

“For more than 30 years, the Muslim community in this Nashville suburb has worshipped quietly in a variety of makeshift spaces — a one-bedroom apartment, an office behind a Lube Express — attracting little notice even after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

But when the community’s leaders proposed a 52,900-square-foot Islamic center with a school and a swimming pool this year, the vehement backlash from their neighbors caught them by surprise. Opponents crowded county meetings and held a noisy protest in the town square that drew hundreds, some carrying signs such as “Keep Tennessee Terror Free.”

The Murfreesboro mosque is hundreds of miles from New York City and the national furor about whether an Islamic community center should be built near Ground Zero. But the intense feelings driving that debate have surfaced in communities from California to Florida in recent months, raising questions about whether public attitudes toward Muslims have shifted.”

Some have called this Islamophobia, it’s not. Phobia implies fear. This “public attitude toward Muslims” isn’t about fear, it’s about hate. Hate aided and abetted by the constant drumbeat from the once lunatic fringe that has become the mainstream of right-wing thought (I use that term loosely). Hate stoked daily by talk-radio and the Fox Propaganda Channel.

Hate aided and abetted by the label that has been placed on the Park 51 project–Ground Zero Mosque. But that wasn’t enough—even that lie has been kicked up a notch. It’s now the Ground Zero Victory Mosque. And to turn up heat a little more, the right-wing web sites have begun circulating this photo, a perversion of the iconic image of Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima:

This is not about portraying all Muslims as terrorists? How about this from Jammie Wearing Fool:

“Imagine if the Bloomberg or Obama had a family member murdered by a lunatic. And then, 10 years later, relatives of the murderers chose to buy the house across the street.”

And as you would expect, the queen of the right-wing whackjobs, Tammy Bruce, came up with a connection to President Obama:

“I’m convinced this mosque was Obama’s idea. The notion of it and its location. I think he knows he’ll be a one-term president and wants as much destruction to the American psyche as possible.”

Which leads to this from the Washington Times:

“President Obama has engaged in numerous high crimes and misdemeanors…He is slowly – piece by painful piece – erecting a socialist dictatorship. We are not there – yet. But he is putting America on that dangerous path. He is undermining our constitutional system of checks and balances; subverting democratic procedures and the rule of law; presiding over a corrupt, gangster regime; and assaulting the very pillars of traditional capitalism…It’s time for him to go.”

I won’t even post the comments that editorial elicited at iowntheworld. Read them for yourselves, but not after you’ve eaten.  

So the rabid right has their perfect storm, They hate President Obama, they hate Muslims, President Obama is a Muslim, a two for one in their twisted minds. As they continue to fan these fires of hate in their weak-minded, easily influenced followers remember this–it only took one John Wilkes Booth, one Lee Harvey Oswald, one James Earl Ray–just one could ignite a wildfire that could consume this country. Just one sick mind seeing themselves as doing their patriotic duty. I hope and pray that cooler heads prevail before that happens. 


  1. Shortstuff says

    The hatred and evil they are fomenting scares the holy shit out of me.
    As for the phrase “rightwing thought”, now THERE’S an oxymoron for you.
    How can these dipwads be so damned stupid?

  2. doug says

    Isn’t manufacturing hate against a group a hallmark of Fascism? I never would have believed it 5 years ago, that in America we actually could have Fascism here. With Citizens United e.t.c. it’s feeling closer and closer and closer…

  3. june says

    Des, I’m with you all the way on this. The whackjobs causing all of this unrest are just plain evil, miserable, irrational and stupid people, with a herd mentality, who always need someone or something to hate. Islam is the latest target, but they wouldn’t be happy if all Muslims were run out of the country. They’ve already gone after the Mexicans. Who will be next? People with red hair or the handicapped?
    Living being fearful for the life of our President and for our country is not how I expected to live my “golden years.”

  4. KC says

    Timothy McVeigh was raised a Catholic, and as late as 2001 averred his was a Christian.
    Should we forbid the building of any Christian Churches anywhere near the site of the Murrow building?
    Just of interest something many in the rabid right may not know is that Glen Beck is a Mormon, and Newt Gingrich, formerly a Baptist converted to Catholicism. I am sure some Baptists in my part of the world who love Gingrich, would find that conversion more upsetting than his multiple affairs. Many Baptists and like minded people, still see Catholics as pagans for worshiping the saints and Mary. Many do not consider Mormons to be Christians.
    Religion seems to sometimes bring out the best in people, but more often than not be used by power mongers to bring out the worst in people.

  5. alienHunter says

    There is sumpin’ REALLY wrong with them people. I wonder how common temporal lobe epilepsy is? Another thought occurs, it is possible to artificially stimulate the brain to emulate random temporal lobe neuron firing.

  6. lomamonster says

    Maybe it’s time to pack up the family and go on an extended camping trip to the detainment centers…

  7. theone says

    this whole ruckus is to divert voters from increasing taxes on those with 250K+ income and to activate the GOBP base – nothing more.

  8. Desperado says

    What did Sinclair Lewis say? “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

  9. Desperado says

    I think it’s something far more insidious. Not to go all conspiracy theorist, but it’s the continuation of the effort that began on January 20, 2009 to de-legitimize and, in my opinion, de-stabilize a duly elected government.

  10. lomamonster says

    The same thing is going on in Australia as we speak (lst time since WWII). More and more governments are finding themselves dissolved into powerless entities, and it is indeed due to some dark forces which we do not fully comprehend.

  11. Shortstuff says

    And draped in tea bags to boot.
    I agree with you about their ulterior motives. We all discussed, during the days following Nov. 4, 2008, what the whackjobs would respond with since they LOST the election.
    Well, all the bottom-feeding scumsuckers have shown their true colors. They don’t give a flip about the country, do they? If they did, they would do their utmost to rally around the president and the country. The fact that they are more focused on doing everything they can do to try to ensure his failure just shows how UNPATRIOTIC they are.
    What the hell ever happened to the “loyal opposition”? Hitler has been born again and he’s wearing Glenn Beck’s face. Or Rush Limbaugh. Or Sarah Palin.

  12. offshore778 says

    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

  13. alienHunter says

    It’s the creep. I noticed these changes starting back in the early 80′s, really! I hope history doesn’t relate a story of how fascism American style was born in the secret lairs of neo-conservatives during the late 20th century.

  14. alienHunter says

    I think crazy people should not be allowed near the site of the Oklahoma bombing. Now that would p*ss off those conservatives!

  15. Desperado says

    The Tea Partyers are the useful idiots. Too stupid to know they’re being manipulated by the rich and wanna be powerful to achieve their goals. Too stupid to realize that once the manipulators get in power they’ll throw the Tea Party away like yesterday’s garbage.

  16. doug says

    If fascism is creeping in and this is just another symptom, what is the organizing principle behind this fascism? Is it organized? Is it conscious?

  17. Bill W says

    The Washington Times is a wholly owned entity of Sun Myung Moon; it’s a mouthpiece for the fascist right.
    I saw some whack job yesterday calling the project a “victory mosque”, totally mischaracterizing the project as wall as Islam. There’s no sense responding to that kind of stupidity, they just shout louder. It’s like the old adage about wrestling with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.
    And lest we think that Houston is immune from this kind of hate, remember the loathsome bigot in Katy several years ago who was making a point of having pig races because he was so upset that a mosque and school was proposed in that area. May he roast in his own private hell!!!

  18. carguy says

    Anybody doubt the “power of one”, just look at the Blago trial, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. Scary as hell.

  19. Scott Barzilla says

    The organizing principle is the same as any fascist society: the acquisition of power. Conservatives are scared that these new groups will take control and steal their money, jobs, power, women, sugar, and Virginia Slims. The whole idea is to keep shining spotlights on enough groups until they find one that the “silent majority” is afraid of or hates.

  20. alienHunter says

    After watching and listening one almost has to conclude that it is conscious, deliberate and organized. But as usual, the rank-and-file are just tools… :O)

  21. lomamonster says

    Well, if we gotta hate, we can at least do it with integrity, right?
    No, he didn’t say that!

  22. bubbabobcat says

    Ok, I’m duly impressed. Gotta give credit where credit is due. Ron Paul is NOT a wingnut regarding this fake controversy. He actually was pretty clear and flat out called it hate, demagoguery, and Islamophobia.
    I wonder where he went wrong with his whackjob son Rand?

  23. bubbabobcat says

    And so it begins. A Muslim cabbie who has been in the US 25 years and whose kids are all born in the US was slashed in the face by a wingnut. He was thankfully arrested and is charged with a hate crime.
    Thank you Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and your fellow inbred hatemongers. Proud of yourselves? Your pointy white hoodies have been starched to your satisfaction and are ready for pickup.