Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More Graham Crackers

Last Sunday ABC’s This Week hosted a “town hall” about Islam in America. It was a pretty lively discussion with some people getting pretty up front with their ignorance and bigotry, but one quote jumped out at me.

Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of Rev. Billy Graham, called Islam “wicked” and “evil” on Sunday during a televised town hall-style discussion about American’s feelings about the religion.

“They want to build as many mosques and cultural centers as they possibly can so they can convert as many Americans as they can to Islam,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Which would be so totally unlike anything evangelical Christians would ever do. They don’t try and get people to join their religious organizations at all; in fact, they do everything they possibly can to dissuade people from converting, right?

Adam Serwer
nails it.

You know what that’s called? It’s called constitutionally protected behavior. The even uglier underbelly of this whole “stealth jihad” nonsense is that conservatives aren’t actually attacking Muslims for doing things that are actually illegal; they’re attacking them for participation in American society. The notion that some Muslims want to convert as many people as they can to their religion and then exert influence over the political process is … the reason the Christian right exists as a political entity.

Not to be completely cynical, but I think Mr. Graham’s real motivation here isn’t based on faith or religion; it’s based on the fear that he’ll lose potential customers.