September 1, 2010

Grand Old Islamophobes? --and an update

Streak continues to do incrementally better, but is still not eating or peeing on his own. He is moving better and more engaged with us, but still a ways to go. He is at the vet again today so we can get some nutrients, fluids, and meds in him, and to attend to the peeing issue. Moments, moments, moments.

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Now for the news story that caught my eye.

LB thinks I make too much of race when dealing with conservatives. I don't agree, but understand that point of view. But reading this today makes me again wonder about the power of racism and bigotry among the Republican base. Several polls, not just one, show Republican majorities are either wrong or confused over Obama's faith and believe that it is possible that he sympathizes with Islamic extremists who want to impose Sharia law on the world.

I sent that last poll to some conservative friends and noted that I sincerely hope the polling was problematic. This suggests that a majority of Republicans are that deluded? That out of touch? That willing to believe that the President of the United States sides with our enemies?

As troubling as the bigotry is, I think the bigger issue is the complete disconnect from reality. That one of our major parties can have majorities who believe demonstrable falsehoods is not good. Not even close. I always thought that the percentage of Democrats who believed that Bush caused 9-11 was way too high, and we were never close to a majority of the party--and never did I ever hear a leader from the party vacillate on the issue or encourage Democrats to believe it.

The Republican party appears to have dropped through the looking glass into a Rush/Beck/Palin world where fasehoods are simply manufactured and asserted as reality.

One note. I have hammered Orrin Hatch many times over the years, but have to give him credit for standing up for the Muslim center in NY (even though he misstates it as a "mosque.") Still, considering the silence from supposedly moral and adult Republicans, this is welcome.

2 comments:

Smitty said...

I can't wait for his villification from the Wingnuts.

benito said...

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

I know those opposing the NY Community Center continue to say that that the majority supports them, but as history has taught us the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.