I don’t think I’ve seen the Miss America pageant since I used to watch it with my parents at home, and I wasn’t even aware that a new Miss America had just been crowned until this item came to my attention:
Having read it, I now frankly wonder what rock these ignorant morons live under.
Seriously. Indians aren’t Arabs.
It’s hard not to remember the idiot who, seeking revenge in the immediate aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, shot and killed a Punjabi-American Sikh gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona — Sikhism is a quite different religion than Islam — and then apparently also tried to kill a Lebanese-American clerk (more likely a Christian than a Muslim, I’m guessing) a few minutes later. ”I am a patriot!’ he shouted during his arrest. ”I stand for America all the way!” (See here for the sad story.)
Moreover, I presume that Nina Davaluri, the new Miss America, isn’t a Muslim. (Most Indians and Indian-Americans aren’t.)
But what difference would it make if she were?
It’s one thing to oppose al-Qa‘ida and Hamas. It’s quite a different thing to despise Islam and Muslims as a whole. And it’s an entirely separate matter to hate Arabs (even the Christian ones!) in general.