Bigoted Americans

This is some powerfully hateful hypocritical harassment and stupidity right here. It creeps me out to see the American flag, which I love in a deep way, look like a fascist symbol in these nativistic, jingoistic, authoritarian, theocratically Christian Americans’ hands:

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The YouTube description sums up the context of the above:

(ANAHEIM, CA, 3/2/11) — The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today released a video of a rally organized by anti-Muslim bigots to protest a February fundraising event held by an American Muslim relief group for relief work and charity in the U.S.

A few hundred protesters showed up to the rally, which was sponsored by groups such as: “We Surround Them OC 912″ (a local Tea Party group), Rabbi David Eliezrie of Chabad – Yorba Linda, North Orange County Conservative Coalition, ACT! for America, and Pamela Geller (whose group “Stop the Islamization of America” has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center).

Elected officials Congressmen Ed Royce and Gary Miller, and Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly also attended and spoke at the protest rally.

The event — held at Yorba Linda Community Center, a facility that has been frequented by Muslim families and businesses over the years — first became a target of anti-Muslim bigots over two of the fundraiser’s speakers, who were to speak on the importance of charity in Islam. Initial attempts of some groups to have the Yorba Linda Community Center and the Yorba Linda City Council cancel the fundraising event failed, followed by the protest.

Via Biodork. Thanks to George for the heads up.

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  • Nicoline

    So only white, Anglo-Saxon protestants are allowed to do good works now? I’m sure women who seek shelter from abusive husbands could care less about who donated the funds to run the shelter. That said, muslims have some way to go to overcome their faith’s misogynist bend – as do all Abrahamic faiths.

  • http://www.planputnam.org Jeff Green

    To Nicoline: Yes, Islamic nations have an issue with women and rights. But the meeting took place in the United States and so that’s a red-herring issue.

    But here in the United States a Muslim organization hosted an event to raise money for battered women, something that they could not do in most of the nations their parents may have come from. I’d say they were being model citizens. I cannot say the same for the demonstrators.

    But I’m happy the demonstration took place and that two members of Congress spoke in public and bared their racist teeth. I’d much rather have these folk showing their ignorance of other religions and cultures in public than hide it in their klaverns.

  • http://outofthegdwaye.wordpress.com George W.

    The best commentary about this is on BioDork’s site:

    I’m at a loss. How do we address this kind of hatred and ignorance in a productive manner? These are Americans who are screaming and jeering at other Americans based solely on the color of their skin and the clothes they are wearing. These are American who really think that Islam is a religion of hate, that all Muslims are terrorists, that you can’t be Muslim and a “real American”. How do we deal with that?

    Wait – I know! Have a Muslim American organization get together to hold a fundraiser to support women’s shelters and alleviate homlessness and hunger in their community!

    Nah…that would never work.


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