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?

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John K

August 17th, 2010
9:17 am

“@John K – a piece of the landing gear from one of the WTC planes hit the same building where this mosque will be built. How is that NOT ground zero.”

It was not a target. I said it was near.

If a group buys a building and has all permits and meets all local requirements, how are they not allowed to build there?

Rightwing Troll

August 17th, 2010
9:17 am

“Manufactured? I think the majority object. As usually, you are way off base.”

Yes, the vast majority of the sheeple who are part of the conservitard machine object, because that’s what you’ve been told to do.

The problem is that the attack had less to do with Islam, and more to do with ultra conservative nut sacks and thier own special interpretations of thier chosen religion, kinda like the conservitards here…

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:18 am

ignore the name-jacker at 9:13.
I am the complete moron.

ken R

August 17th, 2010
9:18 am

When you know that you will lose your Ass in November why not just lie and tear into your opponents hoping some morons will believe you.

And for the 5th time please update your 15 year old picture, this alone tells me that you are delusional, sorry, don’t want to be mean but the picture doesn’t even come close to looking like you.

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
9:18 am

Peadawg, you’re trying to dig yourself out of a hole, my friend. How do YOU know how the NAACP views the Confederate battle flag? while I suspect there are some (political leadership) who would use it as Newt et al are using the mosque issue (political fundraising/campaigning), it is not possible to know “feelings” of ALL NAACP members. you’re using the same flawed logic you are using to “define” or judge ALL Muslims. are you familiar with the pink triangle as a symbol or icon of gays and lesbians? do you know where it originated? Nazi Germany. the Nazi had patches to identify each (villified) demographic; Jews were required to wear yellow stars of David and homosexuals were required to wear pink triangles, etc. now, the gay community could have allowed itself to be “abused” or “offended” by pink triangles, but instead they TOOK the symbol and re-branded it as a symbol of PRIDE. as I said, the folks who oppose this mosque citing “feelings” or “wisdom” or “salt in the wound” or “slaps in the face” are pandering to cowardice and fear, and nothing more. you want to slap Islam back, move to Pakistan or Saudi Arabia and build a church, set up a mission; or die trying.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:18 am

neo-Carlinist wrote:

Peadawg, again, how is a group of Americans excercising their first amendment rights “a slap in the face”? you folks need to man up.
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*** Last time I checked, the right of citizens to protest a government action they didn’t agree with was also covered by the First Amendment.

Looks like you folks need to man up, too.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:19 am

Namejacker @ 9:09 (two times)

You continue to flatter me!

Larry Jones

August 17th, 2010
9:19 am

beck is mccarthy for our times, so sad…

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:20 am

WAR

August 17th, 2010
9:11 am

Some muslims also believe it’s okay to strap a bomb to a mentally handicapped young girl and send her in to a crowd.

John K

August 17th, 2010
9:20 am

“Last time I checked, the right of citizens to protest a government action they didn’t agree with was also covered by the First Amendment. ”

And who said you couldn’t?

WAR

August 17th, 2010
9:20 am

upon further review
that is a great point. but like you said, the constitution allows it. are we going to change the writ to fit us everytime we disagree with someone’s decision. this is a local issue that has to be handled locally. if they don’t want it there, then new yorkers will find a way.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:21 am

We must destroy capitalism.
Only socialism will save America.

jt

August 17th, 2010
9:21 am

Republicans run on these wedge issues because EVEN THEY can’t keep a straight face when they try to run on fiscal conservatism. It is the ONLY type of thing they CAN run on.

The republicans might take over power in 2010 or 2012, but don’t expect them to lower taxes, shrink government, or balance the budget. If you do, then you are as gullible as democrats. (end war, single-payer, good government,etc………..).

Keep voting R & D. Keep being a federo-sexual.

WAR

August 17th, 2010
9:22 am

ct race baiter
true… and there are christians who believe regime change is sanctioned by God. (we can do this all day).

Normal

August 17th, 2010
9:22 am

JohnnyReb

August 17th, 2010
9:02 am
To Whiner’s man crush

While the history of Christianity has some unfavorable periods, there is no modern day shared traits between Christianity and Islam. The issue with Muslims is their irrational core remains.

I submit that that “world domination” is the aim of both cults, but their methods are just different, is all…

Peadawg, War…

If you put one puts their children on the firing line to promote one’s political agenda, one can’t cry foul when they are pinged on

Burp Bacharach

August 17th, 2010
9:22 am

We should remove all Southern Baptist churches from Atlanta so as to not offend victims of Eric Rudolph….

Eric Pearson

August 17th, 2010
9:22 am

Is anyone surprised by any of this duplicitous hypocrisy? I mean, really!

sam

August 17th, 2010
9:22 am

is this mosque a terrible idea? absolutely. do they have the right to build it there? absolutely. will there be consequences if they do? you bet your ass there will..for the good of us all hopefully they will move uptown a bit.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
9:22 am

Ms. Tucker,

You negelected to credit the one Republican that has a direct say in the matter of an Islamic community center in Manhattan. Mayor Bloomberg (R- New York).

Let’s see what this Republican hate monger has to say about the center:

We would betray our values and play into our enemies’ hands if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else. In fact, to cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists, and we should not stand for that.

For that reason, I believe that this is an important test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetimes, as important a test. And it is critically important that we get it right.

…Muslims are as much a part of our city and our country as the people of any faith. And they are as welcome to worship in lower Manhattan as any other group.”

Meanwhile Harry Ried (D-Senate Majority Leader) is calling for them not to build there.

While Democrat Reid and the Republican Pundits and candidates you quote above are dead wrong, not everything is a partisan whacking stick.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:22 am

John K wrote:

If a group buys a building and has all permits and meets all local requirements, how are they not allowed to build there?
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*** The issue is not what is LEGAL, but what is RIGHT.

It is LEGAL to locate a KKK office near the site of the Martin Luther King assassination and adorn it with a goofy caricature of Dr. King.

But it is not RIGHT to do so, and I would argue just as strenuously against the KKK museum as the mosque near Ground Zero.

But if you’re going to argue that Americans should shut up and take it every time someone attempts to do something LEGAL, then you have no business objecting to the aforementioned KKK museum with the goofy caricature of Dr. King.

John

August 17th, 2010
9:23 am

“Technically, yes they have the right to build there, but the peaceful, loving religion of Islam should be considerate of the fact that area is a grave yard, one that they made.”

T Knight, should peaceful, loving Christians be considerate of the fact kids were molested by clergy over decades and not build any Church near schools, playgrounds or other places where kids congregate?

gmaye

August 17th, 2010
9:23 am

I am glad,that muslims, Latinos,Mexicians
are see these Conservatives bigots what that really are.

The world is wathching these idiots, Newt, Hannity, Beck for what they really are a bunch of racist people who are going to start a race war in this country.
I am so glad because these idiots are making Obama more appealling for re election in 2012.

Hey Conservatives Bigots, You dont own America, Muslims died in 911.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:24 am

John K @ 9:10 am

So now it’s a community center? Wow, how quaint. So does this mean EVERYONE in the community can now enjoy the muslim experience of abusing women, honor killings, bomb building and detonating, and utter hatred of the Jews? Just what NY needs, right?

LOL

August 17th, 2010
9:24 am

“As usual the tolerant (Christians, whites, Conservatives, Americans, etc.) ”

You have it exactly backwards, ashley. I’d say the overwhelming majority of intolerance in this country comes from white, conservative Christians. And I say that having grown up a white, conservative Christian.

Granny Crapzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:24 am

I want to build a mosque in my backyard.

zeke

August 17th, 2010
9:25 am

C.T. is an enormous waste of the human mind!

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
9:25 am

For those who think the Mosque should be pressured or required to move remember what the law of our land has been since December 15, 1791. This is important because there is a high likelyhood that this Amendment has secured and preserved your right to worship as you see fit be you Baptist, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim or other…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Bratty1

August 17th, 2010
9:25 am

muslims died in 911, but not nearly enough of them.

WAR

August 17th, 2010
9:25 am

normal
as a note of WAR: children are the last line of defense. no man puts his children in harm’s way to save himself. the prez might not be doing a great job or terrible job, but he hasn’t put his children in front of him to save his presidency. besides, who would attack a child even IF they were in the line of political fire? sounds abnormal to me.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:25 am

and a few more times I see

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:26 am

gmaye

August 17th, 2010
9:23 am

Yes, those muslims who hijacked the planes did indeed die on 911. Your liberal empathy for the pain they endured is very admirable.

Libertarian

August 17th, 2010
9:26 am

Cynthia conveniently ignores what Harry Reid said. Its only the evil republicans who are against the mosque. Cynthia has her groups that she hates and that’s the way it is. (republicans, wall street, the evil rich, etc.)

ken R

August 17th, 2010
9:26 am

jt, I fully agree with you, I try to be a conservative but I don’t trust or like either party. I just think that the Democrats are a little worse that the Republicans. They are in office to get rich and take care of themselves not the people of this country.

Granny Crapzilla

August 17th, 2010
9:27 am

Barack Obama is the Grand Poobah Muslim of the World…worship him, slaves.

kayaker 71

August 17th, 2010
9:27 am

So let’s dress up a platoon of men in Reb uniforms, place them on horses, supply them with the Stars and Bars and march them through Clayton County on the way to downtown Atlanta. When they reach downtown Atlanta, they can meet up with the Atlanta Chapter of the KKK and have a rally. Think that Kasim would issue the permits or would he say that that sort of behavior is “insensitive” to the population of Atlanta? Could they get away with such nonsense? Probably. It is a good idea? Not on your life. If these so called “Muslim Americans” had one lick of common sense and would speak out against this proposed mosque, they might be viewed by other Americans as sensible, caring people who recognize the folly of this plan. How many have you heard from? Moderate Islam? There is no such thing.
Recep Tayyip Ergogan, Turkish Prime Minister and ex-mayor of Istanbul,

“The mosques are our barracks, the minarets are our bayonets, the domes are our helmets and the believers are our soldiers”.
Pull your head out of your a** and take a good look at what is really going on. They are hiding behind our Constitution, laughing at our ignorance and naivetivity and planning the next step. And you libs don’t want to hurt their feelings.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:27 am

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
9:25 am

Congress also passed laws about immigration yet has failed to act upon it. Your point?

Normal

August 17th, 2010
9:27 am

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:22 am

I’m sorry, but that is the most inane post I have read here. Legal is THE LAW, period. What you perceive as “right”, has nothing to do with it, most especially when the majority of this country doesn’t agree with you. We are a nation built on rights and laws,period.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
9:28 am

WAR wrote:

upon further review
that is a great point. but like you said, the constitution allows it. are we going to change the writ to fit us everytime we disagree with someone’s decision. this is a local issue that has to be handled locally. if they don’t want it there, then new yorkers will find a way.
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*** I respectfully disagree — 9/11 was an issue that affected the entire nation, not just New York.

Calling it a local issue is like saying that the Pearl Harbor bombing was a matter that should concern only Hawaiians.

As far as I’m concerned, Muslims have every right to try to build a mosque near Ground Zero … and American citizens who find it offensive have every right to try to thwart their attempt to do so via any legal means available.

The Constitution cuts both ways.

WAR

August 17th, 2010
9:29 am

i remember when other races and religions weren’t allowed to worship in certain places because the “mainstream Americans” didn’t have the same race and religion. just saying…

John

August 17th, 2010
9:29 am

“So does this mean EVERYONE in the community can now enjoy the muslim experience of abusing women, honor killings, bomb building and detonating”

C Tucker, the race baiter, point out where any Muslim Mosque here in the US is doing these things you mentioned?

John K

August 17th, 2010
9:30 am

“*** The issue is not what is LEGAL, but what is RIGHT.”

What is legal is right. It should not fall down to the whims of paranoid alarmists who have been whipped up into a frenzy by Palin/Gingrich, etc.

I understand the right wants to put this disclaimer on our rights:

*invalid if we don’t like it.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
9:30 am

Would the muslims be okay with the Jews building a Synagogue right next to their “community center”?

T-Town

August 17th, 2010
9:31 am

I see it’s time to back out and get some work around the yard done. The children have taken over the blog. I would say “have a nice day all,” but am sure someone here would say “don’t tell me what to do!”

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
9:31 am

I wonder how many people protesting the Mosque and Community Center (and yes it was always a community center) buy their gas at a company that buys oil from Saudi Arabia and wouldn’t mind a station being located in lower Manhattan?

How do they feel about the strip clubs and betting parlors in the same neighborhood?

If this ground is hallowed it is American hallowed ground, not Christian, Mulsim or Jewish hallowed ground. As such we should all be strongly defending the rights of any American to worship there by the dictates of their own conscience.

If there is a religious skirmish started over this then the terrorists have really succeeded in what they set out to do on 9/11. Those of you fighting are enablers to the terrorists.

(BTW- Ms. Tucker I’m one of those ugly Republicans you keep writing about)

Obama's Buddies

August 17th, 2010
9:31 am

Lets reach out!

1- More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined.
2- Islamic terrorists murder more people every day than the Ku Klux Klan has in the last 50 years.
3- More civilians were killed by Muslim extremists in two hours on September 11th than in the 36 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.
4- 19 Muslim hijackers killed more innocents in two hours on September 11th than the number of American criminals executed in the last 65
Ramadan Bombathon 2010

Latest Offerings from the Religion of Peace
“He who fights that Islam should be superior fights in Allah’s cause”
Muhammad, prophet of Islam

2010.08.16 (Elasha Biyaha, Somalia) – A cleric who advocated peace is assassinated by Islamists.
2010.08.16 (Kunduz, Afghanistan) – A couple in their 20’s is stoned by Islamic fundamentalists for having sex. The man has to be finished off with a gunshot.
2010.08.16 (Farah, Afghanistan) – Two people are killed when Taliban gunmen fire into a bazaar.
2010.08.15 (Numaniya, Iraq) – Muslim gunmen murder an Iraqi pharmacist who had returned from studies in the U.S.
2010.08.15 (Jurf al-Sakhar, Iraq) – Three worshippers are shot to death outside a mosque by sectarian rivals.
2010.08.14 (Sindh, Pakistan) – A woman and boy are left dead when Muslim rivals attack each other over where to build a madrasah.

“O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who
are near to you, and let them find harshness in you,
and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty”
Qur’an, Sura 9:123

2OldForThis

August 17th, 2010
9:31 am

what happened to journalism??? We now have relentless fear mongering.

ctucker

August 17th, 2010
9:32 am

C Tucker, the race baiter,

two things, first of all, the proposed community center is not “right next to” Ground Zero. It’s proposed for a building two blocks away that used to be a Burlington Coat Factory. Second, many Jews support the Cordoba Initiative.

calvinb

August 17th, 2010
9:32 am

Well, Well, Well. You guys guys need to be ashamed of yourselves. If you are the ones who opposed a Church/Mosque that is not really a mosques but an Islamic Center. But to discrimiinate against a religion that you are not personnaly apart of is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong and it goes against one of the basic Tenents.

Americans don’t do that to people who may not be Jewish, or Christian, or Hindu, or whatever RELIGION you happen to be. All Religions worships freely in this country without fear of being singled out. PERIOD.

Jose

August 17th, 2010
9:32 am

Typical Tuck, you have the democratic pary crumbling at the feet of the messiah and you want to spin your articles on the GOP? The man could have put this to rest Friday night by giving his true feelings on the mosque but, Noooooo, he has to tell his muslim crowd that night one thing and then turn around on Saturday morning and move to the center. This guy is toast! His party is toast! Now even dems like Harry Reid are coming out against the mosque being built at the proposed site. Like obama tucker, you are on the wrong side AGAIN! Do you not grow tired of being wrong?

Contractor

August 17th, 2010
9:32 am

Can you please tell me why the mosque can be built near Ground Zero, but the Confederate flag can’t be flown without a major issue?