Islamophobia in Action

More video is coming out from that event held in Tennessee last week by a Muslim group, prompted by a local politician posting a meme on his Facebook page showing a shotgun pointed at the camera and saying “how to wink at a Muslim.” Pam Geller and hundreds of others showed up to protest it, including going inside and trying to drown out the speakers. At one point, a speaker pointed out that a mosque had been burned to the ground — and the protesters inside wildly cheered for it. Still think Islamophobia doesn’t exist?

httpv://youtu.be/vNv8QzS9B04?t=1h30m15s

And no, this has nothing to do with trying to stop criticism of Islam. I am a fierce critic of Islam, as I am of Christianity. But cheering for the burning down of a mosque or a church? That makes you a hateful bigot and a proto-fascist. And Geller and Robert Spencer, her partner in bigotry, are defending the people inside the auditorium:

Despite the outbursts and heckling, Spencer and Geller maintained that the protesters were there in peace and that any claims to the contrary were manufactured by the “mainstream media.”

“The claim that someone in the crowd was ‘afraid’ of the other audience members, as if these patriots who came out to defend the freedom of speech were some gang of menacing thugs, bent on silencing their foes by force, was utterly preposterous,” Spencer argued.

Really? A mob of people cheering loudly for a mosque being burned to the ground is not a good reason for the Muslims at the event to be afraid? That’s delusional.

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About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • raven

    At one point, a speaker pointed out that a mosque had been burned to the ground — and the protesters inside wildly cheered for it.

    There have been dozens of attacks on mosques.

    The one nearest my house was firebombed by xian terrorists.

    It didn’t burn to the ground but only because the fire department was on the ball.

  • raven

    Islamophobia in Action

    You could have titled it, Xian Terrorists in Action or

    Two primitive tribes have dispute over whose imaginary friend is the strongest.

  • dingojack

    “My flag boy and your flag boy

    Sitting by the fire

    My flag boy says to your flag boy

    ‘I’m gonna set your flag on fire’”

    Dingo

    ——–

    It just came into my head for some reason, and seemed to fit.

  • Chiroptera

    But remember, kids, pro-gay equality activists showing up at a homophobic evangelical rally and heckling the speakers is hate speech and a violation of the speakers’ freedom of speech and justifies Chistianists’ fears that they are about to be rounded up and placed in FEMA camps!

  • http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com SC (Salty Current), OM

    Geller is Jewish. Is it really that hard for her to substitute “synagogue” for “mosque,” or to hear in their words strong echoes of previous “patriotic” pronouncements about Jewish people?

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    as if these patriots who came out to defend the freedom of speech were some gang of menacing thugs, bent on silencing their foes by force

    Well, if it looks like a duck . . .

  • kantalope

    They are not really afraid of islam—phobia — is there a suffix for hate? Islamohaters, while more accurate does not roll off the tongue.

    And I’ll agree with SC – anyone who is Jewish or Irish or Catholic even who cheers on a bunch of creeps needs a serious history lesson.

  • dan4

    Have Geller and/or Spencer condemned/distanced themselves from the cheering at the mention of the mosque burning?

  • dingojack

    Kantalope – you asked “They are not really afraid of islam—phobia — is there a suffix for hate?”

    Liddel & Scott have several. I rather liked πῆμα, As in: ‘Islamopema’.

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    You could also prefix with ‘miso-’ (as in misogyny), although in this case in would be awkward to pronounce.

    Dingo

    ——-

    PS: One word of this sort that I was attracted to was μισοψηφιστής a hate of calculators, the name of a mime by Philistion.

  • iangould

    “Geller is Jewish. Is it really that hard for her to substitute “synagogue” for “mosque,” or to hear in their words strong echoes of previous “patriotic” pronouncements about Jewish people?”

    Yes but there’s money to be made from pandering ot the Christian extremists.

    Just ask her fellow grifters Walid shoebat and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

  • yoav

    @kantalope #7

    I’m not a fan of the term islamophobia as well, I think racist fuckturds is more appropriate.


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