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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Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
11:08 am

You Asked

I’m not a huge CT fan but in this case her assertion was correct. If you want to call someone out on their statements it is up to you to do your homework.
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*** Sorry, I respectfully disagree. Again, if I were to say, “Most Democrats oppose ObamaCare,” you have every right to say, “Prove it.”

It wouldn’t be YOUR job to search the Internet for proof to the contrary — it would be MY job to either say, “That’s according to a (BLANK) poll published last Friday in the (BLANK)” … or concede that I had no basis for making such an assertion.

Harry Callahan

August 17th, 2010
11:08 am

Liberals are so funny…high scholl football players can’t have a prayer before a game, but Muslims (led by an Imam who refuses to characterize Hamas as a terrorist group) can build a mosque at ground zero…LMAO at you fools…

DK

August 17th, 2010
11:09 am

You Asked wrote- DK – “I didn’t miss your point. You suggest putting a BBQ place next to a mosque in order to offend the people who’s religion offends you. Cute.

The last time I checked doing the right thing and doing the legal thing was not based on tit-for-tat or infantile stunts.”

You did miss my point…but I am hear to clarify.

First, you assumption that I am “offended” by their religion is false, but I guess name calling and accusing people is all you got.

Second- its not an infantile stunt, it’s a question if the Mosque supporters would allow for a legal business to operate next door. Instead of BBQ, what if it’s a Victoria Secret instead? Would the Mosque be up in arms?

John

August 17th, 2010
11:09 am

“I still think the bigotry is more than a Republican problem and don’t know why she would frame this as a purely partisan issue.”

This whole issue was perpetrated by Republicans. It was peacefully going through the permitting process based on the local laws and ordinances which as you pointed out majority of the residents there supported it. This is a states’ rights issue, which Republicans claim to support. A right wing conservative blogger blogged about it, changing the story from “a cultural center which includes a Mosque being built near Ground Zero” to “a Mosque being built at Ground Zero”. It was picked up and escalated by Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich. The story exploded from there. Now we find ourselves in this mess. Had Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich stayed out of it and let New York City follow their local laws, this would have been a quiet non-issue.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
11:10 am

Nope.

Obama’s a better American than you (a welcher) could ever hope to be.

Cynthia Tucker is a racist.

August 17th, 2010
11:10 am

WAR,

You’re wrong. Islam started after Judaism and Christianity. Judaism is the oldest, then Christianity, then Islam.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
11:10 am

100 posts later and still no response to why this is the right thing to do…

Let’s try again for those who claim the Mosque while legal is the “wrong thing to do”.

To answer the question “is it right” for them to want to build there? Since I cannot divine their intent by mind reading and speculation I will assume they really want to have a place to worship and meet as a community. Until someone provides evidence of nefarious motives they are just talking out of turn.

A Christian response to any perceived affront would be to welcome the center and show support so that any anger or resentment on the part of those building the center would have no place to be expressed and in the long term they it would be a demonstration of Christian love that the world could see. The bonus is that America would have the moral high ground.

A great example of this (for those of you who love to compare this to a Klan rally) is in 1964 when the Black Lincolnville neigborhood in St. Augusta Florida was marched through by the Klan. Instead of returning hate and anger the residents stood on their porches and started singing the Gospel hymn “I love everybody, I Iove everybody, I love everybody in my heart…”

The Klansmen did not find the fight they wanted and walked away embarassed and shamed.

So you tell me WWJD?

Hoghead

August 17th, 2010
11:11 am

This is just a distraction from the larger issue, which is the sinking of the U.S. economy. Distractions like this are useful to the Democrats. And GOP are fools for falling for it.

Obama is over

August 17th, 2010
11:12 am

The Wall Street Journal pointed out yesterday that at the end of WW II Pope John Paul II asked the Carmelite nuns to leave the convent they had established at Auschwitz.”He did so out of respect for what the site represented to Jews around the world. It was an act of ecumenical good faith.” The situation here is exactly the same. The point is not whether Muslims have a right to build a mosque, it simply should not be at Ground Zero out of respect for the people killed on 9-11. Interfaith relationships would be stronger if respect was shown from both sides.The bigger point here is that because Obama is so out of touch with the American public, he once again mishandled what should have been a straightforward topic- and politicized it along party lines. Obama’s inability to understand what it means to be an American is turning out to be his Achilles’ heal.

John K

August 17th, 2010
11:12 am

“So you tell me WWJD?”

Go on Fox News and tell them to “refudiate” the mosque?

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:13 am

John

August 17th, 2010
11:09 am

You mean like this? The ban on gay marriage peacefully passed through California’s election yet the lefticons keep “perpetuating” the problem.

John

August 17th, 2010
11:13 am

“Liberals are so funny…high scholl football players can’t have a prayer before a game, but Muslims (led by an Imam who refuses to characterize Hamas as a terrorist group) can build a mosque at ground zero…LMAO at you fools…”

It’s a cultural center that includes a Mosque and it planned on being built NEAR Ground Zero…not AT Ground Zero. Also, this Imam had the support of our last president as well…and who was that? Oh, George W. Bush, a conservative Republican.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
11:14 am

John- I know as many Republicans that are adament about the mosque having the right to be there as I do Republicans that support Palin and Pamala Geller.

But then If I make that statement Upon Further Review is going to ask me to prove it with published polls then ignore them if I provide them. (I guess Rasmussen and the US Census just aren’t good proof).

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:14 am

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
11:10 am

Enjoy yo gubment subsidies.

Harry Callahan

August 17th, 2010
11:15 am

Granny…Obama has no idea what it means to be an American…apparently neither do you.

Shawny

August 17th, 2010
11:15 am

I am sure this has been posted already, but in case it hasn’t, here it is. Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Harry Reid:

“The First Amendment protects freedom of religion,” Manley said. “Sen. Reid respects that but thinks that the mosque should be built someplace else.”

Ok, now exit your high horse as it trots to political correctness.

Mallory

August 17th, 2010
11:16 am

What has happened to the leader of the Democratic Party? when he seeks to appoint empathetic justices (Sotomayor) to the SC but cannot bring himself to empathize with the victims of 9/11?

stands for decibels

August 17th, 2010
11:16 am

BS! Either you don’t believe your BS or you have no $$$$$$. A third party holding the funds insures we both pay. Try another excuse.

Without getting into this silly urination match, I will say that I have seen approximately 37 thousand offers (threats?) to wager real money on the internets without any actual cash ever being exchanged. Sound and fury, signifyin’ squat.

If you want to make a meaningful wager, you offer to cease and desist posting for a certain amount of time, or engage in some other form of online subservience.

As for actually wagering – sorry, “investing” — on the outcomes of political matters, that’s what Intrade dot com is for.

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
11:17 am

JohnnyReb,

between 1996 and 1998, terrorist bombings at Centennial Olympic Park, office buildings housing (not exclusively) two abortion clinics and a gay nightclub killed four Americans and wounded over 100. the bombings were executed by:

A – a fundamentalist Muslim radical
B – Richard Jewell
C – a white, former member of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborn Division and self-described Christian

Om April 19, 1994, a terrorist detonated a IED in front of the Alfred Murrow Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 Americans including 19 children. In his “farewell letter” the terrorist claimed to “be at peace with my God”. the terrorist was:

A – a fundamentalist Muslim performing Jihad
B – I Viet Cong sapper who didn’t realize the war ended in 1975
C – a white, Christian, American, Gulf War veteran

On November 22, 1963, the President of the United States was assassinated in Dealy Plaza, Dallas, TX. the Dallas Police Department arrested Lee Harvey Oswald within hours. Osawald was accused of being the loan gunman, but was gunned down while in police custody. Oswald was:

A – a fundamentalist Muslim terrorist
B – a CIA-KGB double agent
C – a white, American born former member of the United States Marine Corps.

On November 19, 2005 15 Iraqi civilians were gunned down on the streets of Hadaith in Iraq’s Anbar province. the gunmen were:

A – radical Islamist insurgents
B – al qeada Iraq terrorists
C – eight members of the 3rd Battalian 1st Marines, operating as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Want me to continue?

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

August 17th, 2010
11:17 am

ctucker,

Your gay voters got shafted again.

Gay couples who had been gearing up to get married in California this week had to put their wedding plans on hold once again after a federal appeals court said it first wanted to consider the constitutionality of the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
11:17 am

Without getting into this silly urination match…
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Don’t look now but your shoes are already wet. ;-)

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
11:17 am

You Asked wrote:

Prove its not and address the statistics I provided on the Jewish Population in Manhattan vis a vis the broad support for the Mosque in Manhattan.
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*** As you wish.

You said, “A Rasmussin(sp?) poll from a few days ago showed that residents of lower Manhattan favored the mosque at a rate of 70%.”

I can find no such Rasmussen poll that says anything close to that.

However, I do find Rasmussen polls that say the following:

1. “Just 20% of Americans favor the building of an Islamic mosque near the Ground Zero site of the World Trade Center in New York City … 54% oppose (it).” [July 22 poll]

2. “Most voters in New York (58%) oppose the building of an Islamic mosque near Ground Zero in New York City.” [July 23 poll]

If you can find a Rasmussen poll that says 70% of Lower Manhattan residents support the mosque, I’ll be happy to look at it.

Otherwise, I’ll consider this the successful completion of your “prove it is not” challenge.

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
11:18 am

type much? Alfred Murrah Building

HDB

August 17th, 2010
11:19 am

Libertarian August 17th, 2010
10:43 am
“Food for thought: Affirmative Action is discrimination based on race (violation of 1st amendment) but it generally discriminates against white males…and most liberals are perfectly fine with affirmative action.”

FALSE!! Affirmative Action was created to grant access to those who had been historically denied similar access to employment. What you fail to note is that the greatest benefactor of Affirmative Action has been WHITE WOMEN!!

” Not allowing the mosque would discriminate against Muslims…so liberals are in an uproar. Seems a bit hypocritical.”

Another FALSE statement: The uproar is coming from the conservatives who practice hypocracy as a rite-of-passage! Note the Constitutional principles that conservatives wish to overrule because of their hypocracy! Note those who are calling for the same…..the same cast of hypocrites that rail against anything that does not amplify their beliefs!! They are screaming….”it’s not right”…but how many times do they practice what IS right???

Harry Callahan

August 17th, 2010
11:20 am

Carlinist…you equate Christians to Muslims? Really? Did Christians dance in the street and celebrate the events you described above, like the Muslim world celebrates their transgressions? You are truly clueless.

AmVet

August 17th, 2010
11:20 am

As long as American Jews keep voting *overwhelmingly* against you fake conservatives, that is a great thing.

We’ll take your money, but we ain’t voting for you drama queens…

iron sheik

August 17th, 2010
11:21 am

So, GW can invade a Muslim Country with his Christian army based upon a lie (wmd) and build the World’s largest military base in Baghdad and that’s copasetic-but a community center 2 blocks from ground zero-oh!, forgetaboutit……

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
11:22 am

You Asked wrote:

But then If I make that statement Upon Further Review is going to ask me to prove it with published polls then ignore them if I provide them. (I guess Rasmussen and the US Census just aren’t good proof).
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*** Au contraire, mon ami. Rasmussen is good proof — IF you can actually find a Rasmussen poll that says what you claim.

And I’m still waiting for you to show me the Rasmussen poll that says 70% of all Lower Manhattan residents support the mosque.

John

August 17th, 2010
11:22 am

“You mean like this? The ban on gay marriage peacefully passed through California’s election yet the lefticons keep “perpetuating” the problem.”

The difference, C Tucker, the race baiter…is something called the US Constitution. As we have seen throughout our history, rights are not up for a vote. Since you want to try to make a comparison, tell me…should we ignore the 1st amendment and vote on which religions we would allow in the US and let the majority rule? What about bringing up to a vote the right to free speech? If the majority votes to do away with this blog…so be it.

Harry Callahan

August 17th, 2010
11:22 am

AmVet…is your trailer parked next to Granny’s?

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:23 am

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
11:17 am

Deal Muzzlim,

Please refer to just one instance where a Christian strapped a bomb to the body of a a mentally handicapped girl and sent her in to a puble place, then detonate the bomb. If you can, then please respond. If you can’t, then stop with the juvenile posts.

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
11:24 am

Excuse me not Rasmussen – it was Marist poll last week that did the poll and showed only 16% of Mnahattan residents opposing the Mosque. While a broader poll of New Yorkers found broader opposition the people living in the neighborhood that the mosque would be built in support it or are neutral to it.

There’s your numbers.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:24 am

AmVet

August 17th, 2010
11:20 am

“We”? I didn’t know you’re Jewish>

John

August 17th, 2010
11:25 am

“Granny…Obama has no idea what it means to be an American…apparently neither do you.”

Harry Callahan, then tell us what it means to be an American? What is your definition and how does Granny and Obama not fit into your definition?

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
11:26 am

Harry Callahan

Trailer Jokes?

Bet that makes you guffaw.

AmVet

August 17th, 2010
11:26 am

No punk, it’s next to Rabbi Gofyourself.

You son, are a walking Demotivation Poster – Consistency. It’s only a virtue when you’re not a screw up.

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:27 am

John

August 17th, 2010
11:22 am

Elitist John, since you like to wave the Constitution like a woman waves a hanky at an Elvis concert, please tell me where the Constitution approves gay marriage? Do you not find it slightly amusing that the judge who ruled against what the majority of Californians approved is gay? Conflict of interest perhaps?

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
11:27 am

Upon Further Review – I addressed your point and corrected my error that it was a Marist poll of Manhattanites not Rasmussen. Can you address the broader issue of support as evidenced by Jstreet and other Jewish groups coming out in opposition of the ADL statement and supporting the mosque?

C Tucker, the race baiter

August 17th, 2010
11:27 am

AmVet

August 17th, 2010
11:26 am

Way to stay classy, maam.

AmVet

August 17th, 2010
11:28 am

Mystery meat, it’s likely that the number of things you do not know, would fill the Encyclopedia Brittanica…

You Asked

August 17th, 2010
11:29 am

Bye Bye – gotta get to work.

granny godzilla

August 17th, 2010
11:29 am

I went to the Cordoba House website and read their Vision and Mission statements…

I suggest you all go and learn what they are.

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

August 17th, 2010
11:30 am

Democrats and political analysts took the measure of the fallout from President Obama’s support for the ground zero mosque on Monday, saying it will further complicate Democrats’ efforts to maintain control of Congress in November.

At the Switch

August 17th, 2010
11:30 am

Once again the so called leader of this country bent over, because he has no spine. His speech Friday started out fine but when it came time to say you should building it elsewhere he did not. Once again turning his back on what the majority of Americans want. When is this pendaho going to see the light?

Zedd

August 17th, 2010
11:31 am

Cythina, you truly are a piece! You and you liberal friends are trying to make this about freedom of religion. The GOP, and may I add some Democrats as well that you neglected to mention, are opposed to the location of the proposed mosque only, not their freedom to worship. You liberals are always demanding political correctness and such, but you paint yourself as un-patriotic when you are willing to over look the way the vast majority of Americans feel about this for some Muslims. The events of 9-11 and those that died should never be forgotten or their memories and sacrifices cheapened by erecting some Mosque nearby. These victims and those grounds should be treated with as much respect, honor, and dignity as a fallen soldier. It’s no secret that the Muslim doctrination is to overtake the world as the dominant religion by whatever means necessary. Some say that could be as early as 2050. If political correctness is forced on us, why shouldn’t it apply to Muslims in this country as well? Where is your patriotic sympathy? You call yourself an American, I call you something much worse!

neo-Carlinist

August 17th, 2010
11:32 am

Harry, I was a high school football player (private school) and we prayed before an after every game. that said, please direct me to the Constitutional amendment concerning the “rights” of High School Football players. I know you neo-cons are sticklers for strict interpretation of the Constitution. Plus, football is a socialist game. players do all the work, but coaches “control the means of production and distribution”.

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

August 17th, 2010
11:32 am

granny godzilla
August 17th, 2010
11:29 am

I went to the Cordoba House website and read their Vision and Mission statements…

I suggest you all go and learn what they are.
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And you believe everything post on the site. MNGL, the kook-aid needs some ICE!

Avenger

August 17th, 2010
11:33 am

kayaker. “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. ” The stars & bars, reb. uniforms, and the kkk have a little back drop of evil bigotry,lynchings, and a few deaths (approximately 600,000). Double talkers “loved” to talk about the greatness of the constitution unless it contain some little (freedom) that they don’t like. Double talkers don’t give a rat,s tail about offending others. We got more confederate relics around than you can shake a stick at. Heck – several years ago we built a six billion dollar ($6,000,000,000) air craft carrier and named it after one of the biggest bigots (Carl Vinson) of America. I am an old Navy man and I did’t want one penny of my tax dollars going to honor this bigot.

Georgia Dawg

August 17th, 2010
11:33 am

Cynthia, you need to move back to Atlanta, the City needs your tax money to pay the court judgements against them for all the misdeeds and shams put forth by the great administrations of Jackson,Young,Campbell and Franklin ( helped by Chief Pennington ) over the last 25 years. Also you could be the only one left in the city that can spell now that the Atlanta Schools are turning out more cheaters than grads but hey, all the above ( still living ) got to leave with a big city pension and their name on a street or building.

Upon Further Review

August 17th, 2010
11:33 am

neo-Carlinist wrote:

Want me to continue?
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*** The better question is: During the past decade, which of the earth’s religions is responsible for the most murders and violence committed in the name of their god?

Your individual examples of violence by assorted wackos and misfits aren’t all that relevant, especially when they pertain to people who just happen to belong to various racial or religious groups but do not claim to act on behalf of those groups.

For example, Timothy McVeigh didn’t say he was killing on behalf of Jesus Christ … in fact, he described himself as a lapsed Catholic. So his religion is no more relevant than the fact that he may have been a former Cub Scout or a former member of the R/C Airplane Enthusiasts Club.

But it’s child’s play to find examples of Islamic terrorism committed in the name of Allah.