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Anti-Islamic bigotry spreading across the US

by shergald Sun Aug 8th, 2010 at 11:39:38 AM EST

Apparently inspired by the ADL-Ground Zero mosque controversy and the appeals of prominent Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Tea Partiers, a wave of anti-Islamic bigotry seems to be spreading across the country. As reported by Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times,


In Murfreesboro, Tenn., Republican candidates have denounced plans for a large Muslim center proposed near a subdivision, and hundreds of protesters have turned out for a march and a county meeting.

In late June, in Temecula, Calif., members of a local Tea Party group took dogs and picket signs to Friday prayers at a mosque that is seeking to build a new worship center on a vacant lot nearby.

In Sheboygan, Wis., a few Christian ministers led a noisy fight against a Muslim group that sought permission to open a mosque in a former health food store bought by a Muslim doctor.

Expressed fear that the Constitution would be replaced by Sharia Law was one reason for the protests. And once again we see the term "moderate Islam" used to characterize these religious groups as if Islam was inherently extremist and widely prevalent among them. Ignorance and bigotry are bedfellows for sure, but better is expected from news sources like the Huffington Post.

In an update on the ADL-Ground Zero mosque controversy, Fareed Zakaria, CNN correspondent, returned the Hubert Humphrey Award for First Amendment Freedoms he received from the Anti-Defamation League five years ago, stating that, after the ADL's intolerant position on the Ground Zero mosque in NYC, "I cannot in good conscience keep that award."

Over the same controversy, Paul Krugman, the economist and Times columnist, spoke out on the ADL opinion. Responding to a piece by Peter Beinart who wrote about the ADL's double standards, as Hateful Ground Zero Hypocrisy, Krugman, a Jewish liberal, let his views on Abe Foxman, director of the ADL, be known.

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First, this has been building for a very long time. I remember my first visit to Israel, in 1981; even then older Israeli academics, veterans of an earlier era (literally -- many of them had fought in 1967 and 1973), would talk grimly about the Likud government and its harsh policies, saying things like "I feel as if we're living under a foreign occupation." And it's only gotten worse since then.

Second, Beinart doesn't talk as much as I'd like about how this relates to U.S. politics. As he says, American liberals, while they fiercely support Israel's right to exist, can't bring themselves to support the policies of Israel's current government. So the Israel-is-always-right crowd has gravitated to people who don't have any problem with the occupation -- which means the American hard right, including the Christian right. And they seem oblivious to the fact that they are thus making an alliance of convenience with the enemies of tolerance.

Anyway, it has been gratifying to see how many people understand just how wrong the ADL was; and special props to Mayor Bloomberg, who said exactly the right things.

LINK to the full article above.

"Krugman its seems has a problem with the politics of Israel/Palestine in the U.S., and how the pro-Israel agenda got hijacked by the Likudniks" ( Phil Weiss' conclusion).

by shergald on Sun Aug 8th, 2010 at 12:08:45 PM EST
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I have witnessed and written about this phenomena ever since the Twin Towers attack by Saudi supporters of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. In The Netherlands there were a few Imams with extremist views. All these mosques were funded by Saudi Arabia and the extreme al Waqf al Islami Foundation.

Amsterdam and Eindhoven al Furqan mosque became renowned with young dutch teenagers going to Chechnya and Kashmir to join the Islamic jihad.

    "Prior to their arrest, the 12 men used to congregate at Eindhoven's al Furquan mosque, a facility notorious for its radical activities. For years, the al Furquan mosque hosted seminars on Islamic law organized by the al Waqf al Islami Foundation, a well-funded Saudi-based organization. These courses, characterized by the extreme anti-Western views expressed, were attended by hundreds of Islamic radicals from across Europe, including some of the planners of the 9/11 attacks. According to Dutch intelligence sources, Mounir Motassadeq, convicted last February for his role in the infamous Hamburg cell, received funding at the al Furqan mosque."

See my diary ... Dutch Intolerance Returns to New Amsterdam on 9/11

Geert Wilders invited as speaker at 9/11 Anti-Islam protest in New York

Geert Wilders will be speaking in New York on September 11 at a protest demonstration against the building of a mega mosque near Ground Zero.

The demonstration, organized by SIOA (Stop Islamization Of America), takes place at 2pm at Park Place between Church and West Broadway, near Ground Zero. Other speakers include Newt Gingrich, 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims.

Peter Stuyvesant (Reformed Dutch Church) doesn't tolerate the group of non-Quakers in Queens who signed the Flushing Remonstrance  

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Aug 8th, 2010 at 12:43:41 PM EST
Thanks for this information Oui.

My concern in the US, and it is also probably a concern in Europe, is that all Islamic people are being tainted by the "extremist" label on account of a few bad apples. We had one such extremist Imam in Newark NJ who was found guilty of fomenting extremist and is now serving time in prison, and other cases of individuals going extreme, in two cases attempting to take down planes. But we have also had unjust convictions of Islamic persons, like the two Palestinian-Americans sentenced to 60 years, essentially life, in Texas for raising funds for Hamas run clinics and hospitals and social services, i.e., charity, while under Israel's military occupation.

These kinds of events get high profile attention from the press and thus leads to notions that Islamic peoples are all jihadists. If Obama were to come out and plead for tolerance, he would only be accused again of being a Muslim, another Hussein of sorts.

by shergald on Sun Aug 8th, 2010 at 01:09:04 PM EST
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Other wedge issues are running out of steam.  The Repubs need something to stoke up their ignorant base.  Surprised they don't stage another 911.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Aug 10th, 2010 at 07:58:23 AM EST
Ground Zero Mosque Bus Ad Showing Plane, Burning Buildings Approved

NEW YORK -- New York City's transit agency has approved a bus advertisement that depicts a plane flying toward the World Trade Center's towers as they burn along with a rendering of a proposed mosque near ground zero. The ad was paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization that opposes radical Islamic influence in the United States. The group's executive director says she doesn't find the ad offensive.

The group sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to demand it accept the ad, which was approved Monday.

The plan for a mosque just blocks from the World Trade Center site has ignited a national debate about the limits of tolerance and the symbolism of ground zero.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/10/ground-zero-mosque-bus-ad_n_676719.html

So it ain't over. Looks like the ADL has tentacles much longer than we thought.


by shergald on Tue Aug 10th, 2010 at 10:43:06 PM EST
Another mosque story,

Ground Zero Mosque Bus Ad Showing Plane, Burning Buildings Approved.

NEW YORK -- New York City's transit agency has approved a bus advertisement that depicts a plane flying toward the World Trade Center's towers as they burn along with a rendering of a proposed mosque near ground zero. The ad was paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization that opposes radical Islamic influence in the United States. The group's executive director says she doesn't find the ad offensive.

The group sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to demand it accept the ad, which was approved Monday.

The plan for a mosque just blocks from the World Trade Center site has ignited a national debate about the limits of tolerance and the symbolism of ground zero.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Looks like the ADL-Ground Zero mosque controversy is still playing out.

At least the Freedom Defense Initiative makes no bones about its Islamophobia being just another pro-Israel effort. LINK: http://freedomdefense.typepad....


by shergald on Wed Aug 11th, 2010 at 09:10:33 AM EST
by shergald on Wed Aug 11th, 2010 at 02:13:19 PM EST


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