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.