As a progressive, I’ve expressed my issues with Islam (and all organized religion in general). I guess you can say I’m in the “Bill Maher” camp of opposing any religion that’s extremely oppressive toward women, homosexuals and freedom of speech in nations based on Sharia law throughout the Muslim world. The problem is, when you speak out against Islam, you’re often branded as “anti-Muslim” by many liberals – a label which is completely absurd. There’s a vast difference between opposing the oppressive beliefs of a religion and being anti- any group of people.
The thing is, what I see from many conservatives isn’t an opposition to a religion with which they disagree, but rather blatant idiocy from bigots who are clearly anti-Muslim.
Take for instance a group of bottom-feeding gun fanatics who stalked a mosque in Irving, Texas proclaiming that they’ve heard “rumors” that the mosque had set up a Sharia court. There isn’t even a shred of evidence supporting the ridiculous notion and these “rumors” appear to be based on random Internet nonsense. You know, because everything you see on the Internet is 100 percent true.
“They’re mostly for self-defense or protection,” David Wright, organizer of the protest said. “But I’m not going to lie. We do want to show force. It would be ridiculous to protest Islam without defending ourselves.”
It should be noted that Wright believes Islam should be banned in the United States. How very “Constitutional” of him.
Another protester held up a pro-Ted Cruz sign, while Wright’s mother carried one opposing the “Islamization of America.”
This is what I mean when I say there are a whole lot of dangerous people out there who are legally allowed to own guns, yet shouldn’t be able to. If you’re someone who feels the need to stage an armed protest in front of a mosque, proclaiming your desire to “show force” – seemingly hoping for an excuse to use those guns – you shouldn’t be able to own guns at all.
But this is now the new norm within the ranks of conservatives. These are millions of people who are driven by random Internet conspiracies, paranoia, bigotry, racism and hate. We saw sort of the “birth” of the mainstream acceptance of conspiracy theories a few months ago with the absurd Jade Helm folks who believed a military exercise was really President Obama’s attempt to confiscate guns.
Now it’s not even embarrassing for many conservatives to proudly proclaim that they base a lot of what they believe on random memes and bloggers wearing tinfoil hats; people who stock up on canned foods and survival kits “just in case.”
This is why I’ve stated that I believe the Republican party has become America’s largest hate group. This sort of behavior isn’t only acceptable, it’s encouraged. Just look at most of the GOP presidential candidates who are blatantly pushing false information, fear-mongering and pandering to anti-Muslim bigotry about Syrian refugees all for the sake of partisan politics.
But it’s a damn sad day in this country when we have politicians playing politics with the lives of refugees, most of whom are desperate women and children.
Watch the video below:
Armed Demonstration in front of the Islamic Center of Irving focused on stopping "Islamization of America" pic.twitter.com/iRQI4eqPjO
— Zahid Arab (@ZahidArabFox4) November 21, 2015