I don’t know why I should be surprised by the ridiculous idiocy and intolerance of the red-faced, mouth-breathing “The-Other-Haters” on the Right, but this mosque bullshit has done it. After trading in their hard-to-explain ”Read the Constitution“ (spelling corrected) signs for their “Fuck The Constitution, No Muslins Allowed” placards, these people will not shut up about a Muslim-associated gym being kind of near Ground Zero, and right next to an AT&T Store. What arbitrary distance will make you happy, you fucking douchebags?!
So as they go about protesting, their colors are worn clearly on their sleeves. And those sleeves are blanched.
Sunday’s crowd included representatives of the conservative Tea Party movement, some of them wearing anti-tax T-shirts that had nothing to do with Ground Zero, Islam or terrorism.
“We must take a stand and we must say no,” shouted rally organizer Pamela Geller as the crowd roared approval. Moments later, another keynote speaker, Robert Spencer, sparked more cheers when he asked, “Are you tired of being lied to?” [ ]
At one point, a portion of the crowd menacingly surrounded two Egyptian men who were speaking Arabic and were thought to be Muslims.
“Go home,” several shouted from the crowd.
“Get out,” others shouted.
In fact, the two men – Joseph Nassralla and Karam El Masry — were not Muslims at all. They turned out to be Egyptian Coptic Christians who work for a California-based Christian satellite TV station called “The Way.” Both said they had come to protest the mosque.
“I’m a Christian,” Nassralla shouted to the crowd, his eyes bulging and beads of sweat rolling down his face.
But it was no use. The protesters had become so angry at what they thought were Muslims that New York City police officers had to rush in and pull Nassralla and El Masry to safety.
“I flew nine hours in an airplane to come here,” a frustrated Nassralla said afterward.
These poor guys weren’t even allowed to exercise their First Amendment Right to yell at the First Amendment!
New York City is one of the world’s greatest and most diverse cities. Truly an awesome place. Unfortunately, this issue was ginned up magnificently by Newt/Rush & co. They knew the Media drones couldn’t resist this fairly cut-and-dry and relatively meaningless yet hyperbolic story. Now Ground Zero has turned into a vortex of intolerance, and a stinging reminder of how far we haven’t come in the last 9 years. Senator Franken, one of the token non-pushover Democrats, summed it up appropriately…and then someone shot at his home.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said on Wednesday that conservative criticism of plans to develop a mosque and Islamic community center in close proximity to “Ground Zero” in New York City is “one of the most disgraceful things that I’ve heard.”
“It’s a community center. They’re going to have a gym. They’re going to have point guards. Muslim point guards,” Franken said. “They (Republicans) do this every two years. They try to find a wedge issue, and they try to work it.”
“The most offensive thing I heard was from Newt Gingrich: ‘We can’t let the Nazis put up a building next to the Holocaust Museum,” asserted the Democratic Senator. “That’s equating all Muslims with Al Quaida. George W. Bush said Al Quaida is ‘a perversion of Islam.’”
Gingrich analogized building the religious establishment near “Ground Zero” to Nazis putting up signs close to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. on Monday’s edition of “Fox and Friends.”
GOP Knows Drama.