Tancredo: Gay Marriage Leads to Banning Confederate Flag, Criticism of Islam

One of the things that has always made me laugh about right-wing thinking is how they try to take every bad thing happening (or that they predict will happen, almost always falsely) and tie them all together into one package. Like this claim from Tom Tancredo:

“However,” he continued, “there is something else out there, our president really happens to enjoy it, we teach about it in the public schools, we tell people, kids in the public schools to respect it. It’s called the Koran and it’s responsible for far more, far more murders, enslavement, the most horrible things, and it’s still going on. It’s not history, it’s still happening. And that, we don’t ban it, heavens no, we even tell kids we gotta read it in our schools and respect it.”

Malzberg then changed the subject, asking Tancredo about the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, which Tancredo said was connected. Not only will the decision eventually lead to the criminal prosecution of pastors, he claimed, but soon “everything I just said” about the Confederate flag and the Koran will be “outlawed” due to the institution of unconstitutional hate speech prohibitions.

“Mark my words, that’s what’s coming,” he said. “Dark days ahead, Steve.”

If we let gay people get married, that will lead to the banning of the Confederate flag and the outlawing of any criticism of the Quran. Makes perfect sense. I bet it will cause a huge new influx of illegal aliens too, streaming into the country to get gay married. And abortions. Lots of abortions. And anything else Tancredo pulls out of his ass.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    You forgot taxes and regulations.

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    Hate speech is of course perfectly legal, although capitalists can ban it from their media and workplaces. This is another distinction they don’t get.

  • frankgturner

    And that, we don’t ban it, heavens no, we even tell kids we gotta read it in our schools and respect it

    When did we start requiring children to read the Quran in schools? I mean it isn’t banned as far as allowing kids to bring it to school and read from it if they want to. Yeah if a teacher wanted to teach from it THAT would be a problem.

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    I would expand the analogy about right wing thinking to coincide with false dichotomies like we either ban religious books altogether and no one is allowed to bring them to school at all or we require them, distribute them, and teach from them and everyone has to bring one. Its that kind of black or white thinking that I find to be really uninspired.

  • D. C. Sessions

    frankgturner, the key is that they’re all authoritarians so the rule is:

    “Anything that isn’t required is forbidden.”

    Anything else doesn’t register with them, so they just automatically turn “gay marriage is not forbidden” into “gay marriage is required.” Or, “the Christian bible may not be required in public schools” turns into “the Christian bible is forbidden in public schools.” “The Quran is not forbidden in public schools” becomes “the Quran is required in public schools.”

    And so on. This is why they are the Party of Liberty and Freedom, which of course is what you call following their rules for every part of your life.

  • marcus

    Although not really surprised, I really did not anticipate the seamless segue-way from the marriage equality ruling to the fall from grace of the slave-owners’ flag.

  • Bruce

    It would be amusing to see some anti-gay Tancredo supporters cite some of the Koran verses they think support LGBT issues as intended by Mohammed.

    These authoritarian follower personality types get really confused.

  • dan4

    How does allowing of one thing lead to the banning of other things? This isn’t even parallel thinking on Tancredo’s part.

  • D. C. Sessions

    How does allowing of one thing lead to the banning of other things?

    Basic metaphysics: the conservation of sin.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    The color values in the above screen shot indicate that NewSmax video techs have the same level of skills as their “pundits”.

  • blf

    [SSM leads to] anything else Tancredo pulls out of his ass.

    Same-sex marriage will lead to Mr Tancredo ending his head-first deep and long-lasting inspection of his own arse? Wow… I never realised just how powerful Teh Gay is!

    (Can we harness some of this amazing GETAGRIP — Grand Extraordinary Teh Amazing Gays’s Really Incredible Powers — to, e.g., deal with AGW?)

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    I love (in a completely sarcastic way) the wingnut’s new-found respect for Islam.

  • Steve Morrison

    In other news, Iceland just repealed its blasphemy law.

  • sugarfrosted

    @12 Oh Thor, that’s awesome.

  • frankgturner

    @ DC Sessions # 4

    Very well, it is not forbidden for right wingers to bury their heads in piles of cow manure for the rest of their lives.

  • dan4

    @11: “…the wingnut’s new-found respect for Islam.”

    Huh? You have a bizarre definition of the word if you think Tancredo was showing “respect” for Islam with his comments.

  • frankgturner

    @ ble #10

    No you have it backwards. It has lead to him inspecting the inside of his own gastrointestinal system more thoroughly. (Which is a waste of time as he inspects enough of it as is).

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    Oh and to the other USA citizens, happy Independence Day celebrating marriage equality!

  • whheydt

    Re: Steve Morrison @ #12…

    Did you note (a) who put the the bill in, (b) which religious authorities supported it, and (c) which religious authorities opposed it? All three are both interesting and rather telling.

  • grumpyoldfart

    People like that have an audience. An appreciative audience that agrees with every word the ratbag says.

  • carpenterman

    Steve Morrison @ 12, whheydt @ 17

    The Pirate Party?!

    The PIRATE PARTY???!!!

    I MUST RE- REGISTER TO VOTE RIGHT NOW!!!

    Aaarrr, ya scurvy Catholic dogs, you’ll never prosecute me!! And unhand that boy’s booty!!

  • Hoosier X

    Well, let’s define what is meant by a ban on criticism of Islam.

    if a conservative says something stupid or hateful or misleading or deceptive about Islam or its followers, and if a liberal or progressive or anyone then tries to correct them or ridicule them, this is what conservatives mean by a ban.

    They think free speech ends when the conservative is done talking.

  • caseloweraz

    Every time I look at that picture of Malzberg, I am reminded of Boris Karloff in his role as Frankenstein’s Monster. Just sayin’

  • carpenterman

    caseloweraz @ 21

    You bring the torches, I’ll bring the pitchforks. Now all we need is an old windmill.

  • llewelly

    This morning I saw an fb page in my fb feed that was all about organizing an open carry protest in Arlington National Cemetery. Lots of crankery in the manifesto. Benghazi, “evict Obama”, “peaceful unless fired on”, etc, etc.

    This may be the year in which we learn how well paranoid open carry cranksters mix with fireworks.

  • laurentweppe

    Gay Marriage Leads to Banning Confederate Flag, Criticism of Islam

    Translation: Gay marriage will embolden the non-sociopathic part of society into refusing to play along those who pretend that the confederacy wasn’t about preserving the sybaritic lifestyle of a decadent landed nobility as well as those who indulge into cultural/ethnic determinism against people with Muslim ancestors.

    And, according to those who indulge in these two behavior, this is a Very Bad Thing

  • laurentweppe

    This morning I saw an fb page in my fb feed that was all about organizing an open carry protest in Arlington National Cemetery. Lots of crankery in the manifesto. Benghazi, “evict Obama”, “peaceful unless fired on”, etc, etc.

    Sooooo, if I understand correctly, open carry activists would totally get behind Blacks if they started a ferocious campaign of armed guerrilla against american cops, right?

    Right?

  • sugarfrosted

    @19 Why the pirate party and not the viking party? Have the Icelanders really fallen this far in the last thousand years?

  • frankgturner

    @ suggested #26

    Vikings were often pirates. Wkipedia has a good piece on it under “Piracy.”

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    So they went for a more general label. Meh