Louis Gohmert’s New Best Friend

Wingnut bigot David Horowitz recently held his annual gathering of other wingnut bigots, including Geert Wilders and Louis Gohmert, who apparently hit it off famously. So much so, in fact, that Wilders demanded that the audience give Gohmert a standing ovation after he raised a completely irrelevant point.

It appears that Wilders formed a strong connection with Rep. Louie Gohmert who, after Wilders’ speech to the event, stood to tell the Dutch visitor about the Muslim prayer service that had been recently held in the National Cathedral in Washington. Gohmert asserted that the service was purposefully timed by “these terrorists” to mark the hundredth anniversary of a fatwa issued by the Ottoman caliph in the early days of World War I.

“Yesterday, for the first time, Friday Muslim prayers were conducted in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.,” Gohmert said. “And what the Episcopal Church didn’t realize and what you know better than most anyone, anniversaries are a big deal to these terrorists and it’s the hundredth — I’d like to say it’s the thousandth, but it was the hundredth anniversary — November 14, 1914, when the last caliph of the Ottoman Empire, the last one, issued a fatwa that started the murder spree that began with young girls being raped and then crucified. So anyway, we see what’s happening here, but hardly a peep about yesterday.”

Wilders responded by asking the audience to stand and applaud Gohmert and Rep. Michele Bachmann for having “the guts to talk about the issue.”

Yeah, it sure takes “guts” for a right wing bigot to rant ignorantly against Muslims in this day and age, especially at a conference for right wing bigots (like Wilders). What courage.

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Wilders, for his part, delivered his usual authoritarian demand that Western nations ban all Muslim immigration, ban the building of mosques and shut down all Muslim schools.

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  • caseloweraz

    Actually, this worship service was a double commemoration. The two events commemorated were:

    * Detroit Red Wings Gordie Howe sets NHL record 627th career goal (1964)

    * Billy Mallett of the Hamilton Tigers kicks 10 singles in a game (1914)

    (What’s that? Florentine Rost van Tonningen-Heubel? Nah…)

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

    …it was the hundredth anniversary — November 14, 1914, when the last caliph of the Ottoman Empire, the last one, issued a fatwa that started the murder spree that began with young girls being raped and then crucified…

    The Muslins are celebrating the anniversary of the Ottoman empire entering the First World War? Sure, the Armenian Genocide was a booming, um, success (Marketing pitch meeting: “It’s like the Trail of Tears, but in Turkey!”), but aside from that, the War, not so much.

  • cry4turtles

    In other news, Christianity voted kindest most compassionate religion ever on planet Earth.

  • D. C. Sessions

    They did miss the opportunity to celebrate the occasion of Islam adopting a Christian calendar, though.

  • John Pieret

    In other news, Christianity voted kindest most compassionate religion ever on planet Earth.

    … not to mention the most tolerant.

  • Loqi

    When I saw the title, I thought the best friend would either be a ball on a string attached to a cup or a new copy of “Everybody Poops.” I never imagined it would be something as infantile as Geert Wilders.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Yeah, the Ottomans issued a fatwa trying to get Muslims living in Russia, India, etc. to rise up and take the side of the Ottomans, and it completely failed. Which is not exactly evidence that Muslims place their loyalty to Islam first. The Ottomans couldn’t even keep their own Muslim sub-populations from siding with the British.

    All of which is kind of neither here nor there given that Wilders just made this crap up.

  • thebookofdave

    I’m pretty sure the Muslim prayer was offered in commemoration of World Diabetes Day, and Louis Gohmert’s appropriation of the event for personal political gain, without so much as acknowledgement of the problems faced by diabetics or a word to raise public awareness, is an(other) appalling display of narcissism.