Thursday, July 19, 2012

More on Bachmann's Islamophobia

Following up on yesterday's post about Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and her continuing quest to surpass the high bar for crazy she's set for herself, her targeting of Hilary Clinton aide-de-camp Huma Abedin for being a Muslim proved was a bridge too far even for John McCain. The one-time Republican standard-bearer emerged from the Tea Party-induced haze he's been in since his '08 presidential run to excoriate Bachmann on the Senate floor and defend Abedin. From his comments:
When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it.
Sadly, that's a side of McCain we see too far, far too infrequently these days (though he did make a brief appearance that one time). And McCain's not the only one, mind you. Plenty of other folks have devoted airtime, floortime, and column inches to calling out Bachmann for her rampant, offensive ignorance, including human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftekhar, who has a new piece up at The Washington Post. Here's a highlight:
I have to admit, congresswoman. As a card-carrying member of this fictitious Muslim secret society, you caught us red-handed. But, now I do have to ask you: 
“What gave us Muslims away?” 
Was it our overwhelming two members of the House of Representatives (out of a total of 435 members)? 
If not, might it have been our staggering number of zero senators? 
Wait, that’s not it either? Could it be our zilch Muslim governors? 
Or maybe its our total lack of members of the U.S. Supreme Court?
Of course, as per usual with Bachmann and her fellow travelers on the Islamophobia Express, facts and logic are optional extras. And Human Abedin isn't even the only prominent Muslim public servant who's raised the hackles of Tea-types. Witness this story and just shake your head. My gut says that these kinds of stories will continue to pop up with alarming regularity. Which makes it concomitant on all of us to call out this kind of bigotry for exactly what it is. Read the rest of Arsalan's excellent article here.

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