Bigot Tired of Being Put in the Back of the Bus

Lou Ann Zelenik is mad as hell and she’s not going to take it anymore. The Tennessee Republican congressional candidate has been the most outspoken opponent of the building of a new mosque in Murfreesboro and when a student journalist tried to interview her about it recently she said she was “tired of having to be at the back of the bus.” They really do think they’re the ones being oppressed when they’re not allowed to oppress others. This video shows just how unhinged she and her followers are. One guy tells the journalist that Islam isn’t a religion it’s a “political ideology.” This from someone who follows a woman who has made her entire political career about enforcing theocratic rule. Irony!

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  • John Pieret

    tired of having to be at the back of the bus

    Quite apart from the fact that, for the most part, Christians are driving the bus, the obvious solution for them is to make some other group sit still further back.

  • matty1

    Lou Ann, you are not at the back of the bus you’re just going in the wrong direction.

  • laurentweppe

    Quite apart from the fact that, for the most part, Christians are driving the bus, the obvious solution for them is to make some other group sit still further back.

    But they’re not driving every bus anymore, and this loss of power is un-ac-cep-table!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kpalexander1 Kevin Alexander

    One guy tells the journalist that Islam isn’t a religion it’s a “political ideology.” This from someone who follows a woman who has made her entire political career about enforcing theocratic rule. Irony!

    I think you’re misusing the word here. If my religion is also a political ideology then your religion must be also. More like a tu quoque.

  • busterggi

    Religiosi clearly are unintelligent beings – they consistantly fail the self-awareness test.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, losing unearned privilege is pretty bad.

  • fmitchell

    One guy tells the journalist that Islam isn’t a religion it’s a “political ideology.”

    Sadly I’ve heard this right-wing meme too, from a local cop no less. The theory goes that Islam doesn’t recognize a distinction between church and state, and they’re also trying to take over the world, hence a political movement like Communism or Nazism.

    Christianity, on the other hand, recognizes the distinction; True Christians(tm) merely think the state should kowtow to religion at every opportunity. They’re not trying to dominate the world, they’re merely trying to bring the Good News to every corner of the Earth (because Earth totally has corners) and bring godly civilization to the ignorant masses (because two-thirds of the world, notably Muslims and ex-Communists, have never heard about Jesus Christ).

    Somehow atheism is a religion, Islam isn’t a religion, and Christianity is only a religion when claiming Constitutional protection or tax exemption. Otherwise Christianity is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (or as Bill-O would have it, a “philosophy”).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    I suspect irony is just not on their mental menu.

  • fmitchell

    BTW, I just saw the video, and several details stand out:

    1. The guy who keeps wagging his finger at the camera people and saying “You’re lying”.

    2. A woman in a hijab is with Al-Jazeera unless she provides identification and a copy of her school assignment. And that black guy is up to no good, for reasons.

    3. Several members of the crowd are scowling at the camera people, looming over them, blocking their cameras, and telling them to go away. Yet Zelenik is “scared” that “the wrong people” will get her picture, because she’s gotten death threats. (Cue hearty laughs from Jessica Ahlquist and Rebecca Watson, not to mention Malala Yousafzai.)

    4. Did Zelenik complain about Muslims not being satisfied with “equal rights”? Because non-Christians building a house of worship or a cemetery where they live is just un-Constitutional, nay un-American.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    One guy tells the journalist that Islam isn’t a religion it’s a “political ideology.”

    *looks at the state of American politics, particularly on the right*

    And Christianity isn’t?

  • dingojack

    Quick musical detour…..or even.
    :D Dingo

    ————

    ‘Standing with pervert at the back’? Hmmmm sound about right, in this case.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    dingojack

    Fortunately, I’ve yet to encounter the pervert at the back, ‘cuz the wheelchair straps are near the front end.

  • Artor

    I guess if you’re driving the “bus,” and you’re going backward against the stream of forward progress, then you’re technically at the back of the bus. Of course, the quick remedy to that is to move forward instead, but that never seems to occur to the terminally clueless.

  • Thumper: Token Breeder

    Love the way she just assumes that the reporter is with Al Jazeera. Fuck sake.

  • caseloweraz

    I think that the good congresswoman’s concern, rather than sitting at the back of the bus, should be about the possibility of being thrown under the bus (to use an overworked cliche.)

    And that comment by a woman staffer at the end of the video: “You people are inciting war. It’s really scary.” That comment is really scary.

  • eric

    Sadly I’ve heard this right-wing meme too, from a local cop no less. The theory goes that Islam doesn’t recognize a distinction between church and state, and they’re also trying to take over the world, hence a political movement like Communism or Nazism.

    This is a nonsequitur in this case. Remember, the mosque-builders met the permit requirements. They did not ask for, or receive, any religious exemption to the zoning or construction laws. So even if they were a politcal party (such as the Green party or the Communist party), they’d still have been given the permit to build their building, and it would still be illegal discrimination to stop them.

  • grumpyoldfart

    The hatred on their faces. It was almost funny.


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