* Â Cry me a river! How did they become ‘seven-million strong?’ Overnight? Are they really breeding faster than rabbits, or in the words of Â scum-bagÂ mullah Krekar, like mosquitoes?
*Â The American Religious Identification Survey 2001 carried out by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York polled more than 50,000 people and found the total American Muslim population to be 1.8 million. (Daniel Pipes)
America has “…a culture that continues to treat Muslims as suspects and not as equal citizens in this country.Â “
* Â Well, perhaps when Muslims stop blowing s*#t up and stop killing people in the name of their vile, supremacist ideology we might go back to sleep. Until then, we shall remain vigilant:
Whole lotta howling & whingeing going on this Islamofascist website here:
Islamophobia at the GOP convention
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Seven-million strong American Muslim community was dismayed at the Islamophobic rhetoric at the Republican Party Convention that ended in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 4, 2008.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in their speeches made bigoted remarks that equated Islam with terrorism.Â
“For four days in Denver, the Democrats were afraid to use the words ‘Islamic terrorism,'” Guiliani said. “I imagine they believe it is politically incorrect to say it. I think they believe it will insult someone. Please, tell me, who are they insulting, if they say ‘Islamic terrorism?’ They are insulting terrorists.”Â
“Is a Supreme Court liberal or conservative that awards Guantanamo terrorists with constitution rights?” Romney said. “John McCain hit the nail on the head: radical violent Islam is evil, and he will defeat it!”
The Islamophobic rhetoric of Romney and Giuliani followed the remarks of Dick Armey, an architect of the “Republican revolution” that won the House majority in the 1994 election. Amy said that Barack Obama’s “funny name” could “give people concerns that he could be or have been too much influenced by Muslims, which is a great threat now.”
The “Bubba vote” is “invisible” in pre-election opinion polls because voters do not admit such prejudices, said Dick Armey. According to USA today, the “Bubba vote” is shorthand in politics for white, working-class voters who often live in rural areasâ€” a group Obama did not win in state primaries.
The Republican Party leaders Islamophobic remarks are not surprising since Sen. McCain and his supporters have in the past used rhetoric that only serves to marginalize Muslims.
In a recent campaign speech, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) said McCain would make decisions based on “Judeo-Christian values.”
Not surprisingly, on August 30, at the nationally televised forum at evangelist Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in California, McCain declared: “Our Judeo-Christian principles dictate that we do what we can to help people who are oppressed throughout the world.”
Last October, McCain stated that America was “founded primarily on Christian principles” and that he would not be comfortable with a Muslim in the White House. [McCain later said: “I would vote for a Muslim if he or she was the candidate best able to lead the country and defend our political values.”]
In his speeches, McCain often refers to “radical Islam,” “Islamic terrorism” or “Islamic extremism,” rhetoric that has been questioned by mainstream American Muslim groups, the National Counterterrorism Center and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Earlier this year, a McCain surrogate in Florida defended the Iraq war by saying, “the Muslims have said either we kneel, or they’re going to kill us.” The McCain campaign responded by stating: “The threat we face is from radical Islamic extremism.”
During the Republican primaries last year John Deady, co-chairman of the New Hampshire Veterans for Rudy Giuliani, told the newspaper that Giuliani has “the knowledge and judgment to attack one of the most difficult problems in current history. And that is the rise of the Muslims. And make no mistake about it, this hasn’t happened for a thousand years…we need to keep the feet to the fire and keep pressing these people till we defeat them or chase them back to their caves, or in other words, get rid of them.”
Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who quit presidential race in early primaries, has repeatedly suggested that the United States should bomb the holy sites of Mecca and Medina to “send a message to the terrorists.”
Earlier in September 2007, Giuliani’s political advisor Peter King (R-NY) stated that “unfortunately, there are too many mosques” in the Untied States and accused Muslims of not cooperating with law enforcement. Mitt Romney ruled out the possibility of a Muslim serving in a Cabinet level position.
Riding the ebbing wave of post-9/11 fear mongering in an election season is nothing new. It is no more than playing off with the ignorance of a few voters worth jeopardizing the American values of pluralism and constitutional democracy.
It is all too easy to use hot-button terms to garner votes, but true leaders do not exploit fear or stereotypes for political gain.Making false statements for political gain only serves to increase the already high rates of violence and bigotry against Muslim Americans.
Islamophobia, which may be defined asÂ “alienation, discrimination, harassment and violence rooted in misinformed and stereotyped representations of Islam and its adherents,”Â has already created an atmosphere of suspicion among the fellow Americans towards the Muslims. In this Islamophobic charged atmosphere, it is not surprising thatÂ thirty-two percent Americans believe that their fellow citizen Muslims are less loyal to the U.S., as reported in a July 2007 Newsweek Poll.
The rhetoric against Islam and Muslims clearly seeks to alienate and disenfranchised the seven-million strong Muslim American community and feeds into the dangerous climate of Islamophobia.
Tellingly Muslim Americans are kept at arm’s length from the presidential candidates that is affecting their right to engage their public officials. Republicans and top Democrats failed to appear at the Arab National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan last October.
Islamophobic comments in the election campaign are damaging to the Muslim American community. They are symptomatic of a culture that continues to treat Muslims as suspects and not as equal citizens in this country.