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On “All acts of terror are committed by Muslims!” — except when they’re not

markanders1200 replied to your quote: “The person questioned in the hospital was a Saudi…

demonization? probably made a calculation based on 1) 3 airliners murdered by Saudis, 2) massive war against Afgan terrorists & Osama, 3) frigging bombs just went off like we was in Kandahar. Duh.

Because white men have never, ever committed acts of domestic terror involving bombings, yes? Because all acts of terror are committed by Muslims, right? Except when they’re not:

"For the second year in a row, there were no fatalities or injuries from Muslim-American terrorism. Meanwhile, the United States suffered approximately 14,000 murders in 2012. Since 9/11, Muslim-American terrorism has claimed 33 lives in the United States, out of more than 180,000 murders committed in the United States during this period. Over the same period, more than 200 Americans have been killed in political violence by white supremacists and other groups on the far right, according to a recent study published by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy. Sixty-six Americans were killed in mass shootings by non-Muslims in 2012 alone, twice as many fatalities as from Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11."
— Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, University of North Carolina, February 1, 2013

Sorry, dudebro, The actual facts don’t line up with your paranoia.

Cheers,

Meg

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On the “But you guys do it too!” whining

bisabuelo replied to your post: Funny how you didn’t post anything about all the…

Can you make this post rebloggable?

Sure thing:

Funny how you didn’t post anything about all the liberals trying to relate the bombings to conservatives and the Tea Party. No, you posted a few things that a few conservatives said, instead of posting what several mainstream liberals have said.

  Anonymous

Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

Hey, funny that I haven’t actually heard anyone relating it to conservatives or the Tea Party in any way, much less calling for the murder of Tea Partiers in retaliation like your pal Erik Rush. And I mostly follow liberal sites, dudebro.

I’m calling out an extreme, reactionary asshole.

Speaking of, check out the post by Myra Adams on Red State entitled “Why It Is Obvious That The Boston Marathon Attack Is Islamic Terrorism”.

Send me direct links where a mainstream liberal says the bombings are definitively related to the Tea Party and conservatives, with no other possible groups, or back away from the keyboard.

This is the link y’all keep sending me labeled “Chris Matthews blames terrorism on Tea Party.”

But here’s what he actually said:

“Well, Michael, tax day today. That came up. You know, I was thinking of all the iconic events that are being told about today. Of course I knew it was tax day because I got them in. But of course, it’s Patriots Day. It’s also the Boston Marathon. And would you as an expert be thinking domestic at this point? I don’t think tax day means a lot to the Arab world or Islamic world or certainly not to al-Qaeda in terms of their world. It doesn’t have iconic significance.”

Then his expert starts talking about how it could be the work of someone with too much time on their hands, who looks up making bombs, and who hates the government. If you think that describes your conservative and Tea Party compatriots, that’s cool and all, but I’m a little nicer than that.

There’s a big difference between saying “it could be” and “it was” — which is also why I’m highlighting racist, xenophobic bullshit about who it was versus any of the other premature speculation. Remember what happened post-9/11 in terms of hate crimes? The last thing that needs to happen is racist jerkoffs firing up fellow racist jerkoffs to beat the hell out of anyone who “looks” Muslim.

Cheers,

Meg

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Report cited by Bachmann claims Norquist linked to Muslim Brotherhood

And now we’ve come full circle:

Earlier this month, Bachmann and four other Republicans sent a letter to inspectors general in the State, Homeland Security, Defense and Justice departments calling on them to investigate “potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration” of the Obama administration by [Huma] Abedin, an aide to Secretary Clinton and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY).

As evidence of their claims, the five Republicans cited “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within,” a ten-part video course produced by the Center for Security Policy.

The movies claim that the “Muslim Brotherhood was helped in its efforts to achieve information dominance over the George W. Bush administration” by Norquist, a Christian. The influential anti-tax activist is also accused of using “various organizations to promote Islamist agendas.”

Nearly every Republican in Congress has signed Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, vowing to oppose any and all tax increases. Only 14 Republican members of 112th Congress have refused to sign the pledge.

Bachmann has been widely criticized for her attack on Abedin. Republicans like House Speaker John Boehner, Arizona Sen. John McCain, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins have all condemned the Minnesota congresswoman. But she has insisted the matter needs to be investigated.

Guess who are signatories of Norquist’s pledge? Reps. Michele Bachmann, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney, and Lynn Westmoreland — the Islamophobic Joe McCarthy Club.

Perhaps they should investigate themselves. Just sayin’. It’s no crazier than Bachmann’s original theory.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Lowe’s Home Improvement store attempts to weasel around pulling ads from All-American Muslim after succumbing to pressure from a "family values" Islamophobic organization. It’s okay, because they “strongly support” the rights of their customers and employees. </sarcasm>
Meanwhile, Florida Family Association has doubled down on their claims about the show, releasing this statement:

Clearly this program is attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and to influence them to believe that being concerned about the jihad threat would somehow victimize these nice people in this show.

It does victimize them. It perpetuated the idea that a handful of extremists represents all. Don’t make me define Christians by Fred Phelps, Timothy McVeigh, and Anders Behring Breivik because it makes my brain hurt. You know why? Because I know that’s not true.
But how come you all aren’t there protesting the acts of radical Christians every single day, and denouncing their actions on national television? I won’t be happy until I see moderate Christians out there all the time doing all of these things. It’s not enough for them to live their lives and accept American values - they must continuously denounce those in their religion who don’t.
Oh, and now Florida Family Association’s website is mostly down. They claim it’s because “of our real concern for the terrorism that is a way of life for some folks, we ourselves have become victims. Because we urge others to be vigilant, we become the targets. Don’t let it happen folks, take a stand before it is too late.” And then they appeal for your money.
Awesome.

Lowe’s Home Improvement store attempts to weasel around pulling ads from All-American Muslim after succumbing to pressure from a "family values" Islamophobic organization. It’s okay, because they “strongly support” the rights of their customers and employees. </sarcasm>

Meanwhile, Florida Family Association has doubled down on their claims about the show, releasing this statement:

Clearly this program is attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and to influence them to believe that being concerned about the jihad threat would somehow victimize these nice people in this show.

It does victimize them. It perpetuated the idea that a handful of extremists represents all. Don’t make me define Christians by Fred Phelps, Timothy McVeigh, and Anders Behring Breivik because it makes my brain hurt. You know why? Because I know that’s not true.

But how come you all aren’t there protesting the acts of radical Christians every single day, and denouncing their actions on national television? I won’t be happy until I see moderate Christians out there all the time doing all of these things. It’s not enough for them to live their lives and accept American values - they must continuously denounce those in their religion who don’t.

Oh, and now Florida Family Association’s website is mostly down. They claim it’s because “of our real concern for the terrorism that is a way of life for some folks, we ourselves have become victims. Because we urge others to be vigilant, we become the targets. Don’t let it happen folks, take a stand before it is too late.” And then they appeal for your money.

Awesome.

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Lowe’s Home Improvement Store Succumbs To Hate

Have you seen All-American Muslim? Here’s the description:

All-American Muslim takes a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan - home to the largest mosque in the United States - through the lens of five Muslim American families. Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community.

It’s actually quite a good show. As for the families in the show, they play football, are police officers, raising children, planning weddings, etc. - y’know, doing things just like us, OMG! </sarcasm> In other words, the families in these shows do not fit the stereotypes many Americans hold about Muslims. So where’s the problem?

Well, apparently it’s just that: The Florida Family Association was outraged TLC would portray Muslims in a positive light. They launched an email boycott, supported by other groups, and targeted advertisers on the show. At least one (FFA is claiming nearly sixty) succumbed to the pressure from FFA. In an email, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. In an email to the FFA, Lowe’s said:

"While we continue to advertise on various cable networks, including TLC, there are certain programs that do not meet Lowe’s advertising guidelines, including the show you brought to our attention. Lowe’s will no longer be advertising on that program.

If I (Andrew) can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to call 1-866-900-4650, or email execustservice@lowes.com. You may also contact us by mailing your correspondence to Lowe’s Companies, Mail Code CON8, 1605 Curtis Bridge Rd., Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697.”

Well, I suppose I won’t be shopping at Lowe’s because they don’t meet my standards for not supporting bigotry. What do they suggest - we judge Christianity by Anders Behring Breivik, who committed the massacre in Norway? Should we pull shows about families like the Duggars because terrorists have been motivated by Christianity?

Some perspective:

I didn’t hesitate to email Lowe’s. I suggest you do the same. Use the graph above from Osborn Ink - pictures help.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Lowe's Politics protest Muslims Islam Dearborn Michigan bigotry conservatives hatred Islamophobia Florida Family Association Family values

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BLITZER: So just to be precise, is it ethnic profiling, religious profiling? Who would be profiled?

SANTORUM: Well, the folks who are most likely to be committing these crimes. If you look at — I mean, obviously, it was — obviously, Muslims would be — would be someone you’d look at, absolutely. Those are the folks who are — the radical Muslims are the people that are committing these crimes, as we’ve — by and large, as well as younger males. I mean, these are things that — not exclusively — but these are things that you profile to — to find your best — the most likely candidate.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, endorsing racial profiling in tonight’s debate. He was also very concerned about radical socialists and militant Islamists joining forces. 

Yep.

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Right-Wing Islamophobe explains why Islam is NOT Protected Under the US Constitution

And the winner of the “Worst Constitutional Argument of the Week” Award is… KEVIN A. LEHMANN for his argument that Muslims in America have no First Amendment rights. And yes, he cites European multiculturalism and professional hatemonger Geert Wilders. Lehmann might as well cite Anders Behring Brevik’s manifesto. I wish I were joking.

An excerpt:

America faces a grave threat from Islam. Muslims are infiltrating our country in droves and they’re doing it under the guise of “Constitutional Protection.” And like England, if we don’t stand our ground now, it will be too late. Muslims are cunning, crafty and clever. They’re using our ignorance of the understanding of our own Constitution against us, and they are clandestinely and methodically spreading their tentacles in a quiet and unassuming manner.

Federal, state, and local governments on the other hand won’t acknowledge the imminent threat. They incorrectly claim that Muslims have “Constitutional Rights” to come here, proselytize people, build mosques, and implement shariah in their communities and in the public square. They’re dead wrong! And by and large, Islam is getting away with it just like they have in Europe. Only unlike Europe, and in Great Britain in particular, it’s not too late to stem the tide, but we have to act now. Time is not on our side. In fact, this may come as a shock, but there are more mosques being built on American soil than Christian churches. We are already well under way to being Islamized.

To understand Islam is to understand sharia. The religion of Islam is nothing short of a totalitarian political, economic, military, social and legal system that’s camouflaged in religious garb. Their mandate (not objective) is to incorporate our country into a global Islamic caliphate.

Sadly, they are making serious inroads towards their tyrannical mandate because America is not resisting. We are all that stands between freedom and a worldwide Islamic caliphate. The United States of America is the world’s last bastion of hope.

And that’s not the worst of it. The rest of the article is quite similar to the Know-Nothing Party’s platform. This Islamophobia is not unique in that it was Jews, Catholics, Jesuits, Masons, etc. at various points in history.

In fact, in the excerpt, replace references to Muslims with Catholics. Congratulations - you’ve successfully joined the Know-Nothings!

Abraham Lincoln wrote:

"I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be take pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy [sic].” - Letter to Joshua F. Speed August 24, 1855

Don’t believe me? Check out their party platform.

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Islamophobic Conspiracy Theorist Frank Gaffney Advising Michele Bachmann On Foreign Policy

It’s safe to assume that Bachmann is getting a regular dose of Gaffney’s crazy anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. Gaffney’s Islamophobia is well-documented. Last year he released a report purporting to document the threat posed by Islamic law in the U.S. (no Muslims actually contributed to the report). Among the report’s wild accusations, one was that members of the Obama administration are part of the “Iran lobby.” Gaffney thinks the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to infiltrate the American conservative movement. Before her confirmation to the Supreme Court, Gaffney claimed Elana Kagan would impose Sharia law on America. He even accused Gen. David Petraeus of “submission” to Sharia and thinks the president is secretly Muslim.

Um…

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Over the same weekend in which US Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford and six other innocent civilians were gunned down at a community event, thousands of Egyptian Muslims attended mass and formed a human shield around Orthodox Coptic Christians celebrating Christmas in Egypt following the New Year’s Eve bombing in which 25 innocent civilians died and over 80 were injured. Their slogan: “we either live together or we die together”.




rozalina:
This is what solidarity can look like.

Over the same weekend in which US Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford and six other innocent civilians were gunned down at a community event, thousands of Egyptian Muslims attended mass and formed a human shield around Orthodox Coptic Christians celebrating Christmas in Egypt following the New Year’s Eve bombing in which 25 innocent civilians died and over 80 were injured. Their slogan: “we either live together or we die together”.

rozalina:

This is what solidarity can look like.

(via thambos)

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How a Lunatic, Racist Blogger Is Fanning Hate Against Muslims -- With the Help of Our Dumb Media

[Pamela] Geller’s blog, Atlas Shrugs, “lays bare her sympathies with extremist groups across the globe.” Geller “vigorously defended Slobodan Milosevic” when he was convicted of war crimes at the Hague, denying that the Serbs committed atrocities during the 1990s. She has “allied herself with racist extremists in South Africa in promoting a claim that the black population is carrying out a ‘genocide’ of whites,” and says that she “shares the goals” of the far-right English Defense League (EDL). “We need to encourage rational, reasonable groups [like the EDL] that oppose the Islamisation of the West,” she wrote. Geller has also embraced Geert Wilders, the far-right Dutch politician who advocates banning the Qu’ran.

While Geller and Spencer have been basking in the glare of mainstream coverage, some of her fellow agitators have taken a lower profile, and for good reason. Their past writings reveal a history of extremism and bigotry that should lay to rest any notion that the organized opposition to the Islamic community center being built near the site of the former World Trade Center is based on “sensitivity” to the 9/11 victims

I wrote about this crazy woman in 2009. Hate to say I told you so, but here’s a few paragraphs from an opinion column I wrote in March 2009:

"The First Amendment also does not protect ‘fighting words.’ In Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the First Amendment does not protect ‘fighting words, those which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.’ [Rep. Michele] Bachmann is championed on extremist right-wing blogs as a ‘freedom fighter’ for advocating revolution and ‘breaches of the peace.’ ‘Atlas Shrugs,’ a blog authored by Pamela Geller, espouses armed revolution and claims the financial crisis was ‘deliberate, planned, staged…On Sept 11th, the Federal Reserve noticed a tremendous draw down of money market accounts in the USA to the tune of $550 Billion dollars in a matter of an hour or two. This was a Financial Terrorist Attack on the seventh anniversary of 9/11.’

Geller interviewed Bachmann on Wednesday. Bachmann continued advocating resistance to the Obama administration, saying, ‘Make sure his first term is his last term. And then we have to be extremely bold, if we are fortunate enough to win the presidency in 2012. We have to be extremely bold in our agenda for freedom, we need a freedom agenda.’ Geller campaigns for opposition to ‘President Hussein’ by any means necessary. The comments on her blog range from, ‘I am growing more scared every day! We have to do something as a nation, while we still have time’ to ‘Osama bin Laden promised al-Qaeda would attack the American economy! Now, how much is Obama being paid by bin Laden, I wonder?’ Finally, ‘Logical American’ writes: ‘Can we get enough people together to sucede [sic] from the Union? It is becoming obvious that one party wants to enslave the whole US for now and all generations.’ Side effect: Revolutionary metaphor becomes encouragement.

Readers of Geller’s blog obviously take comments like this seriously, with one reader writing, ‘Smith and Wesson could make sure Obama’s first term is his last.’ Still, I do not support charging Rep. Bachmann with treason. However, if a democratic representative had said anything similar to her statements, the public would swiftly demand at the very least, the national party step in and reprimand the representative. There’s not similar outrage on the flipside, and it’s a damn shame. The GOP should firmly warn her that revolutionary metaphors add nothing to the debate and distract from bipartisan discussion. This warning could include the possibility of an official reprimand by the US House. Instead, there is a yawning void filled with the babble of Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Sean Hannity, and Matt Drudge. Side effect: Instead of bipartisanship, Bachmann’s ridiculous antics publically represent the GOP. 

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