Thursday, August 12, 2010

No Mosques For You

The American Family Association is usually on the cutting edge of all things completely right-wing extreme, and in their latest salvo from Bryan Fischer, they do not disappoint.

Permits should not be granted to build even one more mosque in the United States of America, let alone the monstrosity planned for Ground Zero. This is for one simple reason: each Islamic mosque is dedicated to the overthrow of the American government.

Yep, he’s calling for a ban on building any mosques anywhere in the U.S.

Let’s play a little Irony Bingo here:

Because of this subversive ideology, Muslims cannot claim religious freedom protections under the First Amendment. They are currently using First Amendment freedoms to make plans to destroy the First Amendment altogether. There is no such thing as freedom of religion in Islam, and it is sheer and utter folly for Americans to delude themselves into thinking otherwise.

That paragraph alone should fill up your card. Mr. Fischer wants to deprive a religious group of their First Amendment rights by violating their First Amendment rights. And this group, famous for their censorship of anything outside of white bread picket fences Ozzie-and-Harriet golly-gee-whiz-Mr. Wilson America, such as gay people portrayed in a positive light on TV or multiculturalism (interracial kissing! Oh, the horror!), wants to deprive a substantial population of Americans of their place of worship. And you get an extra point if you remember that the AFA is always carrying on about the Radical Homosexual Agenda’s role in suppressing freedom of religion in America.

My favorite line is “There is no such thing as freedom of religion in Islam….” as if Islam was a country. News flash: there’s no such thing as “freedom of religion” in Christianity, either. You either are a Christian, or you’re not, and if you bring in something that’s not within the teachings of that faith, you’re going to be asked to leave. That’s how it works. And it also explains why there are so many different denominations of Christianity, just as there are in Islam.

It would be one thing if this was just some rant by some wingnut blogger out there on the fringe ginning up some conspiracy theory rant (well, at least this is one he can’t blame on the Jews. Unless….) But this is the American Family Association, and they are big players in GOP politics; they have a pretty substantial stake in the base of the Republican Party. As Steve M notes, the GOP is being awfully quiet about this little lesson in tolerance.

With the exception of the Frum Forum, which excerpts the post without comment, right-wing bloggers seem to be trying to pretend this post doesn’t exist. The same goes for those two bellwethers of the GOP noise machine’s conventional wisdom, the Drudge Report and Fox Nation. Usually both sites qavidly [sic] seize on anything on the Internet that will get right-wing readers’ pulses racing. This would seem to be a natural. But not a word.

I think this is where it gets a little too real for the usual propagandists. They’ve convinced themselves that they’re just fighting the evil Democrats hard but fair; it’s all just politics, and if it seems rough, well, politics ain’t beanbag, but they’re not actually doing any real harm to the country.

We’ve seen a lot of this kind of thing recently. Some wild-ass whack job on the right comes up with some really over-the-top rant and the GOP sits there like a bump on a log. (Of course, every time Michael Moore opens his mouth, everyone from Michele Bachmann to Mitch McConnell is there to demand the Democrats disavow everything, and, of course, they do.) So I really think it’s time that the Villagers of the Beltway do their job and ask Michael Steele and John Boehner whether or not they agree with one of their biggest lobbying groups about banning all mosques all the time.