Muslims, Muslims EVERYWHERE!!!

I know this will come as news to most of you, but it has become quite popular for Right Wing nut jobs to hate on Muslims. From threatening to burn Korans on 9/11 to scapegoating their quest to build a community center, the Right will literally go to any length to prove how scary and dangerous Muslims are. This includes (but is not limited to) attempted terrorism, creating a draconian legislative solution to a fantasy problem and generally disparaging about a billion or so people worldwide. It seems that there simply isn’t a reaction too onerous for our friends on the right.

Yes, despite a new study that shows Islamic extremism is in drastic decline in America, it turns out that conservatives are doubling down. Rep. Peter King (R – NY), in his new role as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has decided that hearings on domestic terror threats need only focus on Muslims. Obviously, Muslims are the only people who are determined to harm the US, right? Of course, when fellow committee members pointed out that maybe he should widen his focus a little, Rep. King simply refused. Nope, not gonna look into unhinged, white, Christianist militias, nosirreee!

Which is all bad enough. But it seems Paranoiac Muslim Feverâ„¢ is causing some Right Wingers’ heads to completely explode. For instance, we all know Glenn Beck is a gibbering lunatic but this seems to prove that his grip on sanity is becoming even more tenuous. I used to think he just spouted his garbage for the ratings and didn’t actually believe any of it. But he seems pretty convinced about this and wants you to study up (Warning! Link leads you directly into the belly of the beast).

Next is Frank Gaffney, who, by any stretch is a wing-nut and a half. But lately he too seems to have jumped completely off the Cliffs of Crazy, tying the marginalized Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Of course, he believes this is a conspiracy that has also infiltrated CPAC (along with Teh Gheys, of course) and, in a neat bit of circular reasoning that wraps up numerous other Right wing memes, is in league with President Obama. I mean, if you believe the president is a secret fascist socialist communist Muslim from Kenya, doesn’t this all just make sense?

My question is this: does all this heightened insanity stem from the Republican win in November? Since Obama isn’t the same boogeyman he was when Democrats controlled all three branches of government, does the Right Wing simply need to keep fear alive in any form they can? Sure, Muslims have been demonized since 9/11 by the Right, but this all has a whiff of desperation about it. It’s like their favorite reality show got canceled and they’ve been reduced to watching Survivor: Return of the Has-Been Bad Guys.

Personally, I think they should keep at it. Nothing says ‘responsible leadership’ like predicting a Chinese takeover of New Zealand.

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