The GOP’s new McCarthyism against Muslims

What has happened to the leadership of the Republican Party? Are there no longer any statesmen/women in the GOP? Does the party have any leading figures who believe in the Bill of Rights?
The GOP’s leadership has been taken over by a group of shrill demagogues who cozy up to birthers, talk of rescinding the 14th amendment and want to deny peaceful American Muslims the right to practice their religion. In terms of decency and principle, this season may mark the lowest ebb for the Republican Party since the McCarthy era of the 1950s.
There is no divisive issue the party won’t exploit, no wedge it won’t use as it seeks votes and tries to separate the unum into pluribus. If you listen to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), head of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, gleefully talk about exploiting the emotions surrounding the so-called 9/11 mosque in New York, you can see how low the party’s leadership has sunk.
There is no good reason for a mosque in NYC to concern the vast majority of Americans — especially nine years after the Sept. 11 atrocities. But Cornyn can’t wait to continue the shameful harangues against Islam.
Newt Gingrich — who won’t be out-demagogued by Sarah Palin or anyone else — has gone so far as to compare the Cordoba Initiative to Nazis.
Rick Scott, trying to win the GOP primary for governor of Florida, has an ad attacking President Obama for supporting the Cordoba Initiative’s right to build a mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center. What in the world does that issue have to do with being Florida’s governor?
A few Republicans have called on the leaders of the party to stop the shameful attacks on the Cordoba Initiative. Mark McKinnon, former adviser to George W. Bush, praised Obama and criticized the leaders of his party, pointing out that they are “reinforcing al-Qaida.” But McKinnon is little known and not among the party’s elected leaders:


From the standpoint of political strategy, the most interesting thing about the GOP’s anti-Muslim bigotry is this: It betrays a lack of answers to the nation’s pressing problems. For more that a year, Republicans in the House and the Senate have been predicting big gains in the mid-term elections, as they pointed to Democratic votes they claimed most citizens rejected: stimulus, health care, Wall Street reform.
If those votes are so unpopular and pave the way for GOP success in the mid-terms, why do they feel the need to whip up anti-Muslim hostility?

720 comments Add your comment

JackLeg

August 17th, 2010
12:06 pm

Just think how nice it will be when we are under Muslim law, then we can stone liberals legally. Happy happy joy joy

John

August 17th, 2010
12:06 pm

“Yes – and we’re okay with Muslims building mosques – just not at the site of an attack against Americans that was motivated by Islamic extremism. Sheesh it’s totally different.”

Mike K, get your facts straight…it’s not just a Mosque, it’s a cultural center which includes a Mosque and a 9/11 memorial. It’s also not being built AT Ground Zero, it’s being build NEAR Ground Zero. If you’re ok with it being build, how far away from Ground Zero would be ok with you? Keep in mind, there are Mosque already neat that area.

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
12:07 pm

STD

RUN Awaaaaaaaaaay!

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
12:07 pm

For any of you who watch South Park be advised:

This is a SMUG ALERT

I enjoy the smell of my own flatulence. Mmmm Mmmm Goood!

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
12:08 pm

stands for decibels

*** Still waiting for any credible proof that Tea Party members called Lewis and other black Congressmen the N-word.

2) When John Lewis says “Somebody called me a ‘n!gg3r’”, you say “I’m profoundly sorry to hear that, sir.” You don’t ask for [bleep]ing video proof.
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*** Well, maybe you don’t, but I do … when I see recorded evidence of that very same protest that shows no one yelling anything close to that as the black Congressmen are walking through.

And show me where Lewis specifically said he was called the N-word — I’m having trouble finding such a quote.

But hey, if you want to take politicians at their word, do whatever makes you grin.

JackLeg

August 17th, 2010
12:08 pm

Hey Granny G, why don’t you move to a Muslim country since you love them…I like a submissive servant of a woman. I can’t wait!

I'm here from the government and I'm here to help

August 17th, 2010
12:09 pm

getalife
August 17th, 2010
11:53 am

cons would welch on that reward.
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But the coward has to put up or shut up. Third party holds the funds. I got $100 or whatever your prepared to lose. Name it!

Mr Right

August 17th, 2010
12:09 pm

C T , you flat don’t have it!! Sorry !!

Agnostic Angie

August 17th, 2010
12:10 pm

Please God, if you exist start the rapture and take all the haters to never-never land….

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
12:11 pm

John wrote:

Mike K, get your facts straight…it’s not just a Mosque, it’s a cultural center.
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*** And the “American Power Act” wasn’t a cap-and-trade bill, either …

DebbieDoRight

August 17th, 2010
12:12 pm

Upon Further Review you’ve just proved my point. Each time Christians were denied their right to worship where they had a right to worship they took it to court and won.

NEXT………… :)

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
12:12 pm

CT the race baiter… “gays” are not mentioned in the Constitution, but the rights of gay Americans are all over the document. this is because (I know you’re having a hard time wrapping your head around this) according the the Founding Fathers, we the People (Americans) all enjoy “inalienable rights”. understand how this works; what applies to white Christian males of European decent ALSO applies to brown-skinned Wiccan females of Latin American heritage. excuse me, I mis-spoke. if you were a natve Japanese-American living in California in 1942, your rights were not inalienable, they were subjective and could be taken away in the interest of “national security” SO, I stand corrected. let’s round up all the Muslims and lock them up in internment camps.

NJ

August 17th, 2010
12:12 pm

More media hoopla. Before and after 9/11 the majority of attempted terrorist attacks have been committed inside the United States, by extremist Christian organizations. Timothy Mc Veigh’s links to these groups are well known.

And of course Republicans were SO offended by the government study that showed that the greatest terrorist threat came from right wing Christian groups that they demanded that the study be dropped.

Even though in the first year after the Patriot Act, the Bush Administration stopped ten acts of terrorism. All being attempted by right wing, Christian organizations.

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
12:13 pm

Hey Cynthia, researching your archives I have a question. Have the liberals you defend constantly ever done anything wrong?

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
12:13 pm

John
August 17th, 2010
12:06 pm

Yes, I heard the “community center” will be offering continuing education classes such as:

1. Seamstress to produce those lovely burqas.
2. How to effectively perform an honor killing.
3. Introduction to Bomb making
4. Advanced theories of Bomb making
5. Women Oppression 101
6. Women Oppression 102
…………….
241. Women Oppression 343
242. How to function with one hand chopped off.
243. Beheading 101
244. Advanced Beheading
245. How to be a pork eating gay muslim in teh USA

Courses still being added.

DebbieDoRight

August 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

But hey, if you want to take politicians at their word, do whatever makes you grin.

I find it kinda funny that the “rights” can take people like Palin, Gingrich, DeLay, Libby, Cheney, et al at THEIR word but not any other politican……………………….. hilarious!!!

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
12:15 pm

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
12:12 pm

Applied to all people? Just what percent of a person did the Constitution say blacks were?

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
12:15 pm

Enter your comments here

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
12:17 pm

DebbieDoRight

August 17th, 2010
12:12 pm

NEXT…”? What a slut!

Mike K

August 17th, 2010
12:17 pm

@getalife
“What about the strip club one block away?”
I don’t think the strip club is relevant (unless the 9-11 hijackers were part of a radical strippers cabal intent on overthrowing the democratic world order).

“Or all the Muslim owned shops on the same block?”
They’re kind of like the Japanese cars. I don’t see anything offensive about that.

“There is one overcrowded mosque four blocks away. Is that too close too?”
I think that’s your best point – how close is too close? I would answer that it’s largely a matter of perception. This proposed mosque is a big, expensive new project – it’s not a small, overcrowded existing project that’s twice as far from Ground Zero. This project seems like an attempt to celebrate a victory, and one would think that to avoid the appearance of impropriety, this Imam would choose to build his mosque somewhere else. After all, his supposed goal is interfaith harmony.

Look, as I said, Muslims certainly have a right to build this mosque, but given the depth of mainstream Islam’s links to terrorism and the severity of the attacks on 9-11, it’s clearly the case that building a glossy, new monument to Islam a couple of blocks from where the Twin Towers used to stand is going to offend many Americans. I mean, I’m pro-life, but I would oppose a proposal by a pro-life group to erect a shrine to the aborted at the site where George Tiller was killed. There’s no difference here.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
12:17 pm

I’m here from
the government
and I’m here to help

August 17th, 2010
12:06 pm

“the net is full of mis-information designed for people who believe anything”

and this blog as what 6 or 8 conservatives and 25 of you……
You know misinformation better than any here, it’s your MO

Normal

August 17th, 2010
12:17 pm

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

Like I said before, Christians and Muslims have the same world dominance agenda…they just use different methods

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
12:18 pm

At the switch (I sure hope not). I did not compare Muslims to H.S. football players. I believe Harry Callahan did. I simply noted that when I played the game, we prayed all the time. And interestingly enough, one of the better players on my team was a Muslim (he didn’t pray with us, and were OK with it. Nor did the three Jews on our team).

Normal

August 17th, 2010
12:21 pm

When y’all resort to insults, you got nothing left to say…you l-o-s-e!

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
12:21 pm

DebbieDoRight
August 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

Why do left wingers dance around everything that they disagree with? They need to speak of facts and knowledge, not conjecture. For you to think that “rights” believe everything a conservative says is true, is only admitting that you agree with everything said buy the “lefts”, right?

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
12:21 pm

I repeat:

I am smug and I’m in love with the smell of my own flatulence.

JackLeg

August 17th, 2010
12:22 pm

I say let them build and put a gay strip club next door and BBQ on the other side. Then paint a big picture of Mohamed kissing a man across the street. That is all ok right CT? Freedom of speech right? Since these are tolerant peace loving people , how many Churches are in Mecca?

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
12:22 pm

neo-Carlinist
August 17th, 2010
12:18 pm

Did the praying help? Unless you play for Notre Dame your not going to get any help from the MAN.

Cynthia Is Sexy!!

August 17th, 2010
12:23 pm

Imam Obama has now turned the corner. Look for the Mainstream Media to begin trashing him. Imam Obama is goin down in flames….

AH HAHAHAAAHAAAAAA!!!

Mike K

August 17th, 2010
12:24 pm

@John
See my post to getalife for a response on how close is too close.

I’m not sure why you and other liberals think that the fact that this is a community center a mosque somehow makes it not a mosque. In any case, if you read my other posts (which it seems like you did, since you responded to them) you’ll see I clearly indicated I was aware that it was both a community center and a mosque. However, the fact that it includes a mosque is the really offensive part – which is why I focused on it in the comment you quoted.

By the way, you didn’t respond to my point that your argument about driving Japanese cars was a total red herring.

The Thin Guy

August 17th, 2010
12:24 pm

We should have the same number Towel Head Towers in America as there are churches and synagogues in Saudia Arabia. What’s a peaceful Mooslum? A moderate Mooslum is one who has run out of ammunition. Suppose the KKK wants to build a shrine to James Earl Ray next to The King Center. Would that meet with CT’s approval? Off to eat at a BBQ restaurant where one never sees a Raghead.

John

August 17th, 2010
12:24 pm

“And again, please cite an instance where a Christian strapped a bomb to a mentally handicapped girl and sent her in a public place to randomly kill people all in the name of God. I’ll wait…..”

C Tucker, the race baiter, there may not be cases exactly as you pointed out; however, haven’t we seen Christians post names, addresses and phone number of abortion doctors on the net. Haven’t abortion doctors been killed in the name of God? What about the molestation cases by clergy over the past few decades?

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
12:24 pm

neo-Carlinist wrote:

Upon Further Review,

1 – McVeigh cited his “peace with my God…” Was he referring to Allah? the God of Abraham? The Buddha?

*** Beats me; I wasn’t privy to the inner workings of his mind. But I don’t recall him saying he blew up the building in the name of Jesus Christ, so what would your point be?

2 – Rudolph, whom you seem to have omitted, most certainly viewed his actions as Christian.

*** I don’t recall saying that “No person in the history of the world has ever claimed to commit murder in the name of Christianity.” But I daresay the difference between the number of people in that category versus the number who claim to commit murder in the name of Allah are — how you say? — minuscule in comparison.
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3 – I didn’t know there was a “time limit” as far as the actions of “wacos and misfits”. OH, and in my opinion, al Qeada and ANY terrorist falls intot he “misfit” category. some are just better funded (follow the money… it begins when you fill your SUV).

*** Again, how many of them claim to do so in the name of Allah? You can start by adding up the number of suicide bombers, who do so with the expectation of virgins, etc.

As for the time limit, I’m interested in modern-day terrorism, not the inevitable silly counterargument about what Christians may have done during the Crusades.

And regarding “wackos and misfits” … when the number of terrorists and/or recent terrorist incidents reaches the thousands, and encompasses members of a particular religion who reside in nations all over the world, I think it’s safe to say we’re not dealing with isolated examples. By golly, a pattern begins to emerge!
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MY POINT is, not every Muslim is a “wacko and misfit” and if our previous President spent more time hunting and killing “wackos and misfits” – a/k/a paying attention at August 2001 security briefings held by members of the CIA “bin Laden unit” AND less time trying to reverse engineer an invasion/occupation of Iraq, maybe 9/11 doesn’t happen.

*** And if his predecessor had accepted Sudan’s offer to hand over custody of bin Laden … or done something about the fact that in 2000, an unarmed Predator apparently had bin Laden in its sights in real time, we might also have avoided 9/11. Welcome to Speculation Theater.
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BUT that’s all speculation, right? I mean we know 9/11 happened, but we don’t know if every Muslim on the planet was involved, so we need to condemn and sanction ALL Muslims, lest we spend the rest of our lives living in fear.

*** Right, but we can be sensitive to the sentiments of 9/11 families and, for that matter, New Yorkers and Americans, too. Every poll I’ve seen shows overwhelming opposition to the mosque near Ground Zero, so why not push harder to have it moved farther away?

I mean, I generally like Japanese people, too, but I’d find it equally inappropriate if some group wanted to build a monument to the kamikaze pilots at Pearl Harbor.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
12:25 pm

Ezra

August 17th, 2010
12:30 pm

GG
Jon Stewart is a comedian and not news worthy.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
12:31 pm

Ezra

August 17th, 2010
12:30 pm

Jon Stewart is a prick.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
12:31 pm

Ezra

I hear he says the same thing about you.

But I don’t agree with him on that.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
12:32 pm

Trol

I hear he says the same thing about you, on that I do agree with him.

But I believe he would use the adjective “little” in your case.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
12:32 pm

DebbieDoRight wrote:

Upon Further Review you’ve just proved my point. Each time Christians were denied their right to worship where they had a right to worship they took it to court and won.

NEXT………… :)
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*** BZZZZZZZZT! Wrong answer!

Christians did not win EVERY time they were denied their right to worship. Look up the Supreme Court decision on the “UC Hastings College of the Law” case for an example of a Christian group taking it on the chin.

The only point I’ve proved is my own: Muslims have every right to try to locate a mosque there, and American citizens who oppose it have every right to speak out against it, protest it, and take every legal means at their disposal to try to stop the plan.

And again, what is LEGAL is not necessarily what is RIGHT.

Blain

August 17th, 2010
12:32 pm

What’s the point in having the “freedom” to worship your religion if you can only do it where you’re told to do it? Do Christians have those same restrictions?

Pemberton Burough, NJ rejects church’s zoning bid.

The Church in question is the Apostolic Church of Deliverance which now meets in Mt. Holly. The church has a membership of between 50 and 100. Its pastor is Rev. Richmond Goodwin.

The congregation has been seeking to lease and renovate the former Gem Cheese factory at 207 Hanover St., closed since September 2006. In addition to a church, the congregation also wants to run a day-care center there.

The borough has been reluctant to allow this as it seeks to redevelop the plant and surrounding area commercially to attract tax ratables.

One had sought a zoning permit for a church at Sixth and Buttonwood streets, but was denied because the property is in a manufacturing-commercial zone, where churches are not allowed.

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Pennsylvania–Among numerous changes in other areas, the new code bans new churches in buildings that are physically attached to neighboring homes, unless the church owns the neighboring dwellings as well.

The city’s goal is to prevent potentially noisy services from annoying neighbors.

But the ordinance essentially forces new churches to locate in stand-alone buildings or buy two or three adjoining properties instead of one – costing money they don’t have.

One had sought a zoning permit for a church at Sixth and Buttonwood streets, but was denied because the property is in a manufacturing-commercial zone, where churches are not allowed.

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The conflict between church interests and local zoning laws is not a new phenomenon; in the United States, communities have often sought to restrict church building expansions and, perhaps to a lesser extent, church activities in the public realm. The chief question at the heart of the issue is to what extent a congregation has the right to practice its religious freedom unimpeded.

The conflict between church public outreach and the concerns of the surrounding neighborhood has reached the federal court in Phoenix, Arizona, where city officials have ordered a halt to a CrossRoads United Methodist Church’s breakfast for the homeless in an upscale neighborhood park.

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Evanston, Ill., a Chicago suburb, was taken to court in 2000 for denying a special permit for a local church — the Vineyard Christian Fellowship — to worship at an old office building that it hoped to convert into its new home. In the suit

The list goes on and on.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
12:32 pm

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
12:31 pm

So at least he knows Ezra. And you?

paleo neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
12:34 pm

wow, I’ve been hijacked. let’s see if my protege can follow me lead. let’s see, we’ve opined about my genitalia and flatulence. I can’t wait until we’re all in middle school and we can denegrate each other abouut zits and pubic hair.

CT, the race baiter. you can wait all you want. I am not “waiting” for you to respond; in fact, I would prefer you not respond, if you cannot respond directly. this isn’t some undergrad philosopht class. we don’t answer questions with questions. nor is this some sort of terrorist Olympics or BCS poll in which we “rank” terrorists based on style points. are you suggesting that because Tim McVeigh and Eric Rudolph did not employ the services of a retarded teenage girl, their actions were any less criminal? Are you suggesting because they were not Muslims and they cited THEIR god instead of ALLAH, the people they killed are any less the victim of religious based terrorism? OH, and where did this bombing occur; lower Manhattan, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Birmingham? like the others, you are a shallow, dim-witted, lemming and a coward. you hide behind a pathetic, trite concern for retarded children, Muslim women, or 9/11 families; while you issue “hall passes” for American terrorists who killed American civilians on American soil.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
12:34 pm

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
12:32 pm

You seem to have intimate knowledge of “little” pricks. Say hello to the mister……

John

August 17th, 2010
12:34 pm

Mike K, “I think that’s your best point – how close is too close? I would answer that it’s largely a matter of perception.”

Whose perception? Mine, yours, New York City, families of 9/11 victims who are against it, families of 9/11 victims who are for it, the land owners?

“Look, as I said, Muslims certainly have a right to build this mosque”

But you’re basing that on some perception. If whosoever perception you’re basing this on says 1,000 miles is too close…would you support that opinion? How can support the 1st amendment and states’ rights and then add a “but”?

DebbieDoRight

August 17th, 2010
12:35 pm

Switch: Why do left wingers dance around everything that they disagree with? They need to speak of facts and knowledge, not conjecture. For you to think that “rights” believe everything a conservative says is true, is only admitting that you agree with everything said buy the “lefts”, right?

That’s not what I said, here it is again, copied and pasted for your perusal:
I find it kinda funny that the “rights” can take people like Palin, Gingrich, DeLay, Libby, Cheney, et al at THEIR word but not any other politican……………………….. hilarious!!!

Nowhere in that statement did I infer what you said above ^^ (“rights” believe everything a conservative says is true). I think you only saw what you wanted to see, not what was actually there.

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
12:36 pm

Please ignore my empty rhetoric.

Steve

August 17th, 2010
12:36 pm

Same old tired CT BS

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
12:36 pm

paleo neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
12:34 pm

You used the word “retarded”? I thought you self professed intellectuals were much more politically correct than that.

getalife

August 17th, 2010
12:36 pm

fox donated a million to the gop and their propaganda machine.

You cons believe everything they tell you so don’t go there welcher.

kayaker 71

August 17th, 2010
12:37 pm

Only three days before the fuel rods are installed in Iran’s nuclear reactor. There is still time to take out the reactor but do you think that Bozo will have the balls to confront the Angry Iranian? Islam wins again. How many of these defeats can we take?