Allah Help America

I’ve been away for a little while, so I’ve dodged the bullet of having to comment more than is necessary on the ridiculous non-issue of the Cordoba House. Countless other sane voices have weighed in on the “controversy” so you can just google it and be depressed. However, Steve brings up a good point that has gone overlooked in the wake of President Obama’s remarks about his support for the Cordoba Initiative’s constitutional rights. A new Pew Research Poll has found that the number of people who believe Obama is a Muslim has gone up, from 11% after his inaguration to 18%, in the midst of the Cordoba Crazies™.

But the crosstabs are important. the numbers coincide with t he same people who are opposed to Obama anyway. In fact, for those who correctly identify him as a Christian, his approval is as high as it has ever been, while those same wing nuts who think he’s a secret double Muslim inflitrator have always thought he’s a failure. Steve rightly points out the obvious: the term “Muslim” has now become a code word for failure.

That’s just super. If the Right Wing continues to marginalize, demonize, and disparage Muslims the way they have been, perhaps they can just get another Crusade going and send their checks directly to Osama Bin Laden. After all, his major tenent is that the West is at war with Islam. Isn’t it obvious that this thesis is exactly what the Republicans are proving with their unabashed xenophobia? It’s really hard to believe that the “professional right” is willing to side themselves with our enemies, seemingly without shame, but there you go. I won’t hold my breath that the useless media will call them out on it anytime soon either. With one of the major players dropping any pretense of objectivity, I can’t see how the other corporate mouthpieces would be willing to inject sanity into the debate.

In the meantime, I’ll just put in a small request for Allah, or God, or whomever to show them the error of their ways. I’m not sure we can regain any standing in the world while the crazies are free to state their hatred with impunity.


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