Monday, August 13, 2007

Out of the frying pan...

Just when you think world opinion of the US can't sink any lower, here comes Joe Conason at Salon to break it down for us:
In his rhetoric, the president usually seeks to distinguish the religion of Islam, which he has honored in the White House on many occasions, from the murderous perversion of that faith. And in his best moments after 9/11, he has defended the rights of Muslim Americans to live here without suffering persecution or prejudice.

Perhaps Bush's efforts deserve to be dismissed as little more than lip service, but semantics matter. The Republicans most likely to win their party's presidential nomination constantly use language that is meant to inflame anger against Muslims for political advantage.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm shocked -- shocked -- that Republicans would stoop to such tactics.

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