Thursday, October 22, 2009

Muslim Fear Mongering by Republican House Members Breathtaking.

Paranoia and fear appears to be the only card left to play for congressional Republicans, after four Representatives presented their conspiracy theory that Muslims were spying on lawmakers. Rachel Maddow decided to go to Suhail Khan, a former senior political appointee in the Bush administration and member of the Institute for Global Engagement, for his take on what he refers to "professional bigots."

I couldn't help but look at what propagandist Fox News had to "report."

Four House Republicans on Wednesday called for an investigation into the Council on American Islamic Relations after discovering an internal memo noting the group's strategy of placing Muslim interns in congressional offices, specifically on three committees -- Homeland Security, Intelligence and the Judiciary -- that preside over national security issues.

But the Intelligence Committee does not accept interns, and the Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees select candidates on a case-by-case basis with no preferential treatment given to any group. The Homeland Security Committee, which was made permanent only four years ago, has not had any interns sponsored by CAIR in at least three years, an aide to the panel said.

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told,"Isn't that what we're supposed to do as Americans?" he said, incredulously. "These Muslim bashers seem to think the only people who shouldn't participate in the political process are Muslims."

Each time I've posted stories like this, I've felt that statements like this are examples of what might be considered defining moments in what is now a fundementalist political party.

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