Co-Editor, The Contemporary Condition
The past few weeks have been very educational. Bill O'Reilly insisted that all Muslims are responsible for 9/11 only to be told that he should 'moderate' his remarks. A Move On activist was slammed against a curb for questioning Rand Paul's integrity. Tea Bagger Judson Philips is openly campaigning against a Democratic candidate's Muslim faith, and one of John Boener's fellow Ohio Republicans vociferously defended spending his weekends imitating a Nazi SS Trooper. The Tea Party more generally has continued its open hostility towards Americans and migrants that are not Anglo-Saxon and apparently, and is not aware or not in support of the First Amendment.
So here is what I have learned so far. Judson has carefully explained that all Muslims are dangerous because the Qu'ran approves of killing infidels (apparently Judson did not read the part of the Bible that says people should be stoned for mixing crops or taking the Lord's name in vain and most of all for worshiping other gods). O'Reilly made the same defense of his comments on The View, arguing that it was a violent religion and that his statement was an 'indisputable fact.' O'Reilly demanded of a flustered Joy and Whoopie "what religion were the 9/11 attackers then?" suggesting that if 9/11 attackers were Muslims ergo all Muslims attacked us on 9/11. Barbara Walters promptly admonished her colleagues and calmly told O'Reilly he needed to refer to them as extremist Muslims. In the entire discussion that followed no one thought to ask why such tempers were flying over a moderate Muslim community center (not a mosque) when the United States was negotiating a massive and unprecedented arms transfer to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is Osama Bin Ladin's country of origin and a state that champions intolerant and violent interpretations of Islam.