Like a proud parent witnessing his child's first steps, it's been a pleasure to see liberals grow to embrace the wonders of government-backed retaliation against political views they oppose.
You might remember the Ground Zero Mosque debate, the controversy surrounding a proposed community center that in the great American tradition of Joe the Plumber was neither a mosque nor at Ground Zero. Newt Gingrich suggested that we adopt the Saudi Arabia standard of religious tolerance ("There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia,") and use zoning laws to create a mosque restriction zone in lower Manhattan. A conservative candidate for governor of New York, Carl Paladino, suggested the government use eminent domain to prevent construction of the community center.
Liberals were rightly outraged, not just at the right-wing desire to limit buildings for Muslims to Guantanamo Bay, but because of the constitutional principles at stake. Whatever the merits of the mosque, the Free Speech Clause of the 1st Amendment means the government generally may not discriminate against an entity because of what it says or teaches.
Now witness the celebratory lefty reaction to Boston mayor Thomas Menino's take on Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain bent on protecting us from the threat of homosexual chicken marriage, or something.
Tags: Boston, Chicago, Chick-fil-A, Islam, LGBT, Liberals, Marriage Equality, New York City, Religion
Rep. Eric Cantor urges his fellow Republicans, and Americans in general, to take personal responsibility and take a stand against religious bigotry and homophobia…
"There can’t be some kind of monolithic opinion handed down from the government or a political party. I don't think we're monolithic beings."
As much as I agree with the sentiment, I don't like how he needed to throw a shot in there at John Kerry.
Maybe I'm reading too much into that, but I'm pretty sure Kerry's part Easter Island statue on his maternal grandfather's side.
Tags: Eric Cantor, Homophobia, House of Representatives, Islam, Quote Unquote, Racism
Despite condemnation from Speaker of the House John Boehner and her former campaign manager Ed Rollins ("Having worked for Congressman Bachman's campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level"), Michele Bachmann is not backing down from her claim that people with ties to Muslim extremists have infiltrated the federal government.
John McCain even brought back the 2001 version of John McCain to rebuke Bachmann's accusations against Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Bachmann's intransigence suggests that either she's been hitting the HPV vaccine a little too hard lately or she's trying to distract attention from her own links to extremist individuals, including one Michele Bachmann. There's evidence all around, including her aborted attempt to claim citizenship from a foreign country. Most damningly, Middle East expert Juan Cole has tied her to the very Muslim extremist groups she purports to oppose…
1. Bachmann is a major supporter of the MEK, a terrorist Islamic group that participated in the infamous Iranian Hostage crisis (taking US diplomats hostage) in 1979. The MEK was formed as a mixture of Marxism and Muslim fundamentalism, and was influenced by Sayyid Qutb, a major thinker of the Muslim Brotherhood. But Bachmann wants them removed from the US terrorist list.
2. Bachmann has repeatedly called for Obama to intervene in Syria to overthrow the current secular government. The main opposition, which Bachmann supports, is the Muslim Brotherhood, which would likely come to power, as they have in Egypt.
3. Bachmann supports the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. One of the major groups making up the Alliance is the Afghanistan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
See, it's easy to impugn peoples' reputations using guilt by association. You didn't build that technique of character assassination, Michele Bachmann. Somebody else did that.
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Tags: Islam, Michele Bachmann, Terrorism
Stalwart defender of liberty and possible Medusa (look at the camera!) Michele Bachmann has recently been charging that the federal government is infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood.
For her "evidence," she cites the employment of Huma Abedin (PROBABLE MUSLIM) — wife of former congressman Anthony Weiner (CONFIRMED JEW) — as an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Everything was going swimmingly for Bachmann and her compatriots Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland, who sent letters to five separate Inspectors General demanding an investigation into the Islamic kudzu spreading throughout the federal government, since the only folks complaining about the baseless accusations were liberals like Keith Ellison (also MUSLIM).
But then Senator John McCain had one of his moments of virtue that was not motivated by bitterness at losing an election and spite directed toward the winner (see the maverick-y version of McCain in 2001 for an example of that). Instead, he was just… decent, for decency sake, as he addressed the accusations against Abedin on the Senate floor…
Put simply, Huma represents what is best about America: the daughter of immigrants, who has risen to the highest levels of our government on the basis of her substantial personal merit and her abiding commitment to the American ideals that she embodies so fully. I am proud to know Huma, and to call her my friend.
Recently, it has been alleged that Huma, a Muslim American, is part of a nefarious conspiracy to harm the United States by unduly influencing U.S. foreign policy at the Department of State in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes…
To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant.
That is eloquent and righteous and… good. What has the Muslim Brotherhood done with the cranky, sore-loser McCain?
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Tags: Islam, John McCain, Michele Bachmann
By most lights, Tennessee's conservative Republican Governor Bill Haslam should be a popular figure among the Tea Party right.
He signed HB 3621, also known as the Granting Pornographers a Monopoly on Sex Education Act, which forbid schools from discussing "gateway" sexual activities during abstinence-only sex-ed courses. He allowed the adoption of a "Monkey Bill," exciting thousands of Tennessee schoolchildren with the possibility that Biology classes will be spent watching nature documentaries like The Flintstones.
But not all conservative are happy with the governor. Has he raised taxes? Praised Obamacare? Did he fail to be sufficiently enthusiastic when asked, "How awesome is Ronald Reagan?"
No. He did hire Samar Ali — a Tennessee native, Vanderbilt law graduate and recent White House Fellow — to serve in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as part of a focus on expanding the state’s overseas exports. Creeping Sharia, cried several county GOP groups, who passed resolutions condemning the hire…
WHEREAS, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has elevated and/or afford preferential political status to Sharia adherents in Tennessee, thereby aiding and abetting the advancement of an ideology and doctrine which is wholly incompatible with the Constitution of the United States and the Tennessee Constitution.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Williamson County Republican Party hereby opposes Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's formation of and partnership with the Tennessee American Muslim Advisory Council; and therefore be it further
RESOLVED that the Williamson County Republican Party hereby opposes Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s recent appointment of a Shariah compliant finance expert to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development…
How come Creeping Sharia never makes an appearance in my yard? It must be a very fickle vine, needing constant fertilization with bullshit and being kept out of direct exposure to reality.
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Tags: Bill Haslam, Islam, Religion, Republicans, Tea Party, Tennessee