Well, Sarah, it’s been hard to figure out which right-wing crazies were the most deserving of, um, refudiation this week, hasn’t it? We had, for example, disgraced but “not racist” former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich doubling down on the anti-Muslim rhetoric:
Newt Gingrich went on Fox last night [July 27] to peddle more of his hateful, vile garbage regarding the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” which is not at ground zero and is not a major mosque, but an Islamic community center.
“The idea of a 13-story building set up by a group many of whom, frankly, are very hostile to our civilization — and I’m talking now about the people who organized this, many of whom are apologists for sharia, which is a form of law that I think we cannot allow in this country, period,” Gingrich said.
Frankly, the more he talks the more I’m convinced Newt Gingrich is “hostile to our civilization” … but I digress. Newt wasn’t the only one getting his crazy on this week.
Because (and more than a little ironically) while Newt was wetting the bed over fears of creeping Sharia law in New York City, the odious “National Organization for Marriage” was dancing around its own Leviticus-fueled hate mongering:
The National Organization for Marriage brought its antigay “One Man, One Woman” bus tour to Indianapolis on Monday, and the news from the Hoosier State is that it was something of a fail. Only about 40 wingnuts showed up, and the LGBT supporters outnumbered them by over 200. So that’s a bit of good news for you to savor, since it’s only downhill from here.
Meet Larry Adams:
This is how Larry feels about gay people:
Ugh. “Despicable” doesn’t quite do justice to Mr. Adam’s brand of crazy. And, according to Freedom to Marry, NOM has yet to distance itself from Adams’ hateful message despite a week of non-stop criticism. Maybe NOM is “not advocating” a Leviticus-style pogrom against gays and lesbians the same way the Tea Party “isn’t” racist …
But wait. There’s more. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, some low-life cretins publish what they call “Tea Party Comix” – including full-on, KKK-style racist caricatures of Pres. Obama and disgusting 1920s-ish faux-black argot that could’ve come straight out of “Birth of a Nation.” I won’t quote any of the existing “Tea Party Comix” editions, because, frankly, they make me want to chuck my laptop out the window; but suffice it to say they’re so over the top that they literally make you question your understanding of Poe’s Law. If you really have to see more, Rachel Maddow’s blog has the grisly details.
So, what can cap off a week of crazy that brought us more of Newt Gingrich’s sharia-dementia, a gay-bashing Christianist openly embracing lynching at a NOM-sponsored event, and racist cartoon images of the Commander in Chief?
Why, it seems the crazy has circled back on itself. It’s Mosque-Mania, Part II:
Let’s get one thing straight, Diane Serafin told me this afternoon -- the people (and their dogs) protesting a planned mosque in Temecula, California tomorrow are not bigots. It’s not Muslims per se that they have a problem with – it’s the fact that Imams are slowly infiltrating American society, hoping to force Sharia law on us all.
Muslim construction projects have been the subject of public protests nationwide these days (as we’ve reported), but Serafin’s demonstration is different from all the rest. She’s calling on people to bring their dogs and join in song tomorrow afternoon because, she told me, Muslims just hate dogs and songs. Of course, Muslim antipathy toward canines isn’t their worst offense, she told me.
“They hate Jews, they hate Christians, they hate women, they hate dogs,” Serafin said. “[The idea of the new mosque] scares the daylights out of me.”
Well, Ms. Serafin (with apologies to Mick and Keith), sometimes the sunshine bores the daylights outa me, but we all have our problems. The thing is, you can’t really say you’re not prejudiced and then go around making sweeping generalizations about how “they” feel about Jewish folks and Christians and dogs and so forth.
And dogs?! Seriously – you’re encouraging people to bring dogs to a protest because you think Muslims are afraid of them? That’s like Bull Connor meets Gitmo, you sick, sick puppy.
Okay, so, the question remains, with so many examples of right-wing nutty goodness this week, I wonder if our favorite ex-Governor can spare a moment from her busy Tweeting (or camping) schedule to “refudiate” just one of ’em. Really, Sarah, just pick one example of over-the-top bigoted right-wing nonsense – just one – and go all maverick-y on it.
We’re waiting …