*As you would expect, the left wing dhimmis at Salon called them ‘Islamophobic’ moments. Please thank Salon for compiling a list of whom should be at the top of our lists of favorite politicians, and a few whom should be delegated to the trash.
SALON When we’re all proven wrong and living in a bacon-less hellscape of Shariah law ruled by the iron fist of Mullah Obama, we can’t say we weren’t warned. According to the right-wing fringe, racism is dead — but long live IslamophobiaIslamorealism, for there is jihad in every mosque and we must be vigilant.
But IslamophobiaIslamorealism— even from elected officials — is still dramatically undercovered by the media. So you might easily have missed some of these 10 most disgracefulmagnificent examples of bigotry, ignorance and hatewisdom, education and justified anger — from obscure county parties to the halls of Congress — during an election cycle with plenty to go around.
10. Florida Rep. Allen West is known for making inflammatory statements about pretty much everyone, but he has particularly targeted Muslims. This cycle alone, he’scommemorated 9/11 by screening an anti-Islamic film, said that Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison “really does represent the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established,” and another time theorized that “George Bush got snookered into going into some mosque, taking his shoes off, and then saying that Islam was a religion of peace.”
9.When David Ramadan, a longtime Republican Party activist and protege of Grover Norquist, ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2011, the Islamorealism network sprang into action. Norquist, of course, is a secret Muslim Brotherhood agent according to these people, so his actual Muslim bud must be worse. Pam Geller called him an “Islamic supremacist,” David Horowitz warned Virginia Republicans not to “lie down in the camel’s bed,” and Frank Gaffney accused him of having ties to Hezbollah. There were nasty ads and exchanges at town halls, but unfortunately, Ramadan won the GOP primary and eventually a seat in the House of Delegates.
8. Florida Republicans called him a “terrorist” in the case of executive director of Hamas-linked CAIR, Nezar Hamze, a (phony) Republican from Florida who tried to join the Broward County Republican Executive Committee but got turned down by a vote of 158 to 11. He met all the requirements, but people in his own party distributed pamphlets labeling him a “terrorist.” The basis? Hamze is head of the local chapter of CAIR.
7. California Republican congressional candidate Sam Aanestad wins the award for his remarkableforthrightness: “I was asked, do I think [Obama]‘s a Muslim, and the answer is yes, that is his background. That is his beginning. Is he a Christian today? There’s no way that you or I can tell that. But his background, his upbringing, his tradition, his holiday observances all come from a Muslim background.”
6. Adam Hasner,the former Florida House majority leader, now running for Allen West’s redistricted House seat. The Republican is a close personal friend of anti-Islam bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, has invited notoriously anti-Muslim Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders to speak in Florida, and once skipped the Florida Legislature’s opening prayers because they were being delivered by an imam. When Salon highlighted his Islamophobic record in August, Geller said it was only a matter of time before we were “getting measured for a suicide vest.”
5. Republican opponent, Chris Fields,accusedDemocratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, of being “militantly anti-America.” That’s nothing compared to how Fields’ GOP primary opponentcame right out and called him a “radical Islamist” in the statement announcing her candidacy for his seat. In fact, Ellison’s religion was her primary motivation for running.
4.Another Muslim, Democratic Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana was the second Muslim elected to Congress, but when he was praising the innovative ways parochial schools remain relevant, including Muslim schools, it caused a grade-A right-wing freakout, complete with hyperventilating from Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh about how Carson wanted to force students to learn the Quran.
3. Rep. Diane Blackmanaged to beat out Lou Ann Zelenik in the Republican primary in Tennessee thatbasically came down to an Islamoreality face-off. The debate mostly centered around the planned mosque in Murfreesboro, which has become a lightning rod for anti-Muslim sentiment in the area and across the country. In fighting the mosque, Black charged that communities need to protect themselves from the “jihadist viewpoint.” But Zelenik, the executive director of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, thought Black’s stance didn’t go far enough, firing back: “I will work to stop the Islamization of our society, and do everything possible to prevent Shariah law from circumventing our laws and our Constitution.”
2. Rep. Joe Walsh, the Tea Party darling, warned in August that “a radical strain of Islam in this country … trying to kill Americans every week.” “It’s here. It’s in Elk Grove. It’s in Addison. It’s in Elgin. It’s here,” he added.
1. Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is facing atighter-than-expected race against Democratic multi-millionaire hotel magnate Jim Graves, and she has possibly even outdoneherself this cycle with allegations that Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, is tied to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and potentially part of a conspiracy to influence U.S. policy through her position. Bachmann also used a speech at the Values Voters conference to warn about President Obama’s policy in the Middle East: “The fact is this administration is virtually outlawed understanding who the enemy is and at every turn the enemy the president is persistent on apologizing for who we are as Americans,” she said.