Here in America, there are some otherwise seemingly normal people who, upon, hearing the word Muslim, or seeing an actual woman wearing a burqa, suddenly morph into shrieking mindless mobs of ignorant, intolerant bigoted red, white, ‘n blue wretches who just can’t help but hurl racist, vile things (preferably through a megaphone) at innocent young children and their now-obviously terrified families.
USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!
Just last month, a Muslim group (gasp!), the Islamic Circle of North America, sponsored a charity event to raise money for women’s shelters and fight homelessness in Orange County.
And as one would expect with anything even remotely Muslim-y, throngs of protesters, many of the Teabagging variety, stormed the event because they hate battered women, homeless people, feeding the hungry, all Muslims, because two of the event’s keynote speakers, Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Amir Abdel Malik Ali, are controversial; one was once listed as a co-conspirator in 1993 World Trade Center bombing (he was never charged), and the other once said he supports Hezbollah.
Of course, things changed once the patriotic, freedom ‘n harassing children-loving protesters saw actual Muslim-American families walking into the Yorba Linda Community Center. Then, they just couldn’t help themselves and dropped their alleged protest of the two men to spew vile, ethnocentric slurs through megaphones at any and every chocolatey-hued man, woman, and child who passed through, masquerading as actual Americans, not the secret Muslim terrorist Jihadists they really are.
I mean, it’s not like they’re yelling at little kids or anything, they’re yelling at future terrorists!
Unfortunately for the Muslim families and children in attendance, ICNA spokesman Syed Waqas’ insistence that the protesters “should know the facts. We have no links to any overseas organization. We absolutely denounce violence and terrorism” fell on deaf ears, because it is kind of hard to hear anything while frenzied mobs of unhinged people are chanting, at the top of their lungs, “Go home, terrorists. We don’t want you here. Go beat your women” and “Muhammad is a child molester,” “Muhammad is a pervert.”
Oooh, isn’t it just great to be an American, folks!?
“This is not about hate. We are not hate mongers,” said Karen Lugo, one of the not-at-all-Islamaphobic speakers shrieking about the constitutional right of Americans to take away the rights of Muslims, outside the community center.
One organizer, Steven Amundson of Huntington Beach said, “A week and a half ago I would have been happy to have six people show up. It’s not right for terrorism to come to Yorba Linda. I always stress the need to be peaceful and positive.”
So everyone please back the f up while so ol’ Steven over here can exercise his First Amendment rights to yell racially charged obscenities at frightened first graders and their parents.
It’s what Jesus Would Do!
Salon’s Glenn Greenwald comments:
I think what was most striking about that video is that the presence of small children didn’t give these anti-Muslim protesters even momentary pause; they just continued screeching their ugly invective while staring at 4-year-olds walking with their parents. People like that are so overflowing with hatred and resentments that the place where their humanity — their soul — is supposed to be has been drowned.
In a star-spangled vat of Glenn Beck’s tears, presumably.
For all those able to sit through this video in its entirety, and are now left feeling depressed, dumbfounded at the crazy state of the country, and consumed with a sudden urge to crawl under a desk and sob in the fetal position…
Go hug a Muslim. It’ll make you feel better.