Right wing Americans loathe labels - except ones like Marxist, Socialist and Nazi which people like Glenn Beck throw around with what can only be described as gay abandon- and are always saying that "the left" attach labels to the right as a way of shutting them up.
You see, the left - the bastards - use the term "racist" to describe groups of elderly whites who form themselves into tea party groups to "take their country back" from a black president who was democratically elected. And the tea partiers do so whilst holding up signs which carry various racist messages depicting said president as an African tribal leader. The group also lacks any coherent message which anyone can easily understand. Other than the fact that they want their country back. From the socialist. And that's not name calling, that's simply a fact.
Well, now some on the left - the lying swines - have dared to call some on the right Islamophobic just because these brave patriots have decided that the US is at war with Islam, rather than al Qaeda, and that a mosque in lower Manhattan would represent "a command centre for terrorism right at the 9-11 site".
A leader of a planned Muslim community center near Manhattan's Ground Zero compared opposition to the project to the persecution of Jews, in comments that could add to the controversy over the center's proposed site.It is, to me, beyond question that people who think they are at war with Islam will display Islamophobia, - indeed, it would be quite odd if they didn't - but this is where the right get themselves into a pickle.
"We are deeply concerned, because this is like a metastasized antisemitism," said Daisy Khan, who is spearheading the project with her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. "It's beyond Islamophobia. It's hate of Muslims."
You see, they don't like labels, so they loathe being called Islamophobic, they would rather you called them patriots trying to prevent Muslims from building "a victory mosque" in lower Manhattan, which is, of course, a sort of confession that they are at war with Islam. Or, at the very least, a belief that Islam is at war with them.
But, they are at war with an enemy which they don't want you to think they hate. It's the strangest war I have ever seen. A Jewish friend of mine has a Grandmother who still mimics spitting every time a German athlete of any kind appears at the Olympics. I regard that as understandable, given all that this woman has lived through.
But the American right want you to know that they are at war with Islam, but they don't want you to think that they are Islamophobic. Indeed, Khan calling them haters of Muslims will be regarded with deep outrage.
I know one thing for sure. I hate her lying, conniving guts…Maureen Dowd wins the prize though, for identifying the problem and still finding a way to make all this stupidity appear to be Obama's fault.
“Many people still have a confused view of Muslims, and the president seems unable to help navigate the country through its Islamophobia.”She will, however, be castigated on the right for even suggesting that Islamophobia exists amongst their number. The right might very well be at war with Islam, but they love Muslims. And it is petty, pathetic left wing name calling to suggest otherwise.
Dowd quotes the Scottish historian Charles Mackay to help explain the lunacy we are currently witnessing on the right:
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”
“Of all the offspring of time, Error is the most ancient, and is so old and familiar an acquaintance, that Truth, when discovered, comes upon most of us like an intruder, and meets the intruder’s welcome.”
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