[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]
Remember how, during this long-running controversy over the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" all the right-wing talking heads have insisted that heavens, no, they didn't have anything against Muslims generally -- and they certainly had no intention of violating their rights? They just think the location of the mosque is a bad idea. Riiiiiight.
But then they'd keep letting people like Pam Geller be their spokesperson.
What's especially interesting is the way Republicans out in the hinterlands, far away from New York, have picked up on the brouhaha as a way of waging the old culture wars against Democrats. And when they do, there's no pretense -- it's just outright Islamophobia.
Take, for instance, this ad from Renee Ellmers, the Republican running against Bob Etheridge in North Carolina's 2nd District:
After the Muslims conquered Jerusalem and Cordoba and Constantinople ... they built victory mosques.Yes, Renee, you do need help.
And now, they want to build a mosque by Ground Zero. Where does Bob Etheridge stand? He won't say. Won't speak out. Won't take a stand.
The terrorists haven't won and we should tell them in plain English, No. There will never be a mosque at Ground Zero.
I'm Renee Ellmers and I'm running for Congress. I need your help.
And so do we -- just figuring out where to start in the sea of ignorance you managed to unleash in just a few short sentences.
Perhaps it would help if you could answer some questions first:
-- Did the entire Muslim faith attack the United States on 9/11? Or was it just a tiny faction of violent radicals?
-- Did they conquer New York City, as Muslim armies did in Jerusalem et. al.? If not, then how could they claim this as a "victory mosque"?
-- Does this mean that all Muslims -- including our current allies like Turkey, Pakistan and Uzbekistan -- are now our enemies?
-- Finally, just how exactly do you intend to say "No, there will never be a mosque at Ground Zero"? Will you assume super-dictatorial powers once you've become a member of Congress, powers that let you abrogate due government process and citizens' constitutional rights?