Sid Miller is the Texas Agriculture Commissioner. A Republican (because Texas), Miller’s facebook page recently shared out an image that suggested dropping nuclear bombs on “the Muslim world.”
And yet atheists like me get called militant for wanting to change the minds of religious people with arguments and discussion.
While I think the word “Islamophobia” gets tossed around at ridiculous time, like whenever Islam is criticized or whenever it’s claimed that Islam produces rank cruelty at a rate unparalleled by other religions (which is true), there are times when it’s appropriate. This is one of those times.
According to Miller’s campaign spokesperson it was one of Miller’s staffers who posted the photo, but they’re not interested in who and they’re certainly not going to apologize:
Miller, who is currently on a trade mission to China, did not personally share a controversial photo that appeared on his campaign Facebook account and has since been removed, Todd Smith, the Republican’s campaign spokesman, said Monday. The commissioner has no plans to figure out which of his staffers shared the posting, or to apologize, Smith said.
“We’re not going to apologize for the posts that show up on our Facebook page,” said Smith, estimating that 18 people have access to the campaign account. “I don’t know who did it, but I’m not going to start a witch hunt to find out who did.”
The reactions from people not immersed in xenophobia were about what you’d expect:
Texas Democrats decried the posting as “hateful,” calling for an apology.
You don’t say?
Ah well Mr. Spokesperson, what can you possibly say to make it worse?
Though Miller did not personally post the photo, Smith said, the commissioner has not been afraid to publicly share his views about Muslims.
Shortly before he was sworn in, for instance, Miller appeared at a Texas Public Policy Foundation forum at which he was asked what keeps him up at night.
Miller replied: “I do have some long-range concerns as I hold those two grandbabies on my lap, and I happen to wonder: When they have grandbabies to hold in their lap, will we be a socialist country? Will we be a Muslim country?”
Smith said Monday that Miller was not advocating for any atomic bombings, even if the post was “thought-provoking.”
What thoughts was it supposed to provoke? Thoughts on the utility of wiping out a whole demographic that includes plenty of people who think Allah wants them to be nice?
“I read the post this morning, and we’re at the 60th anniversary of dropping the atom bomb in order to destroy an insidious enemy that was intent on destroying American lives, and we face a similar enemy who has vowed to destroy American lives, and I think that’s the topic that the American people are focused on,” Smith said.
So you’re not advocating for the dropping of any bombs, but Muslims, all of them, are America’s enemies and dropping the bomb fixed that problem in the past? That doesn’t put me at ease.
Ok, yes, some Muslims want to destroy American lives. So do some Christians. In fact, Christian terrorists are a greater threat along those lines according to national security experts. Do we wipe out all Christians? Hell no. Do we do anything but gawk in horror at anybody who even suggests such a thing? Hell no.
You acknowledge that a person’s religion can manifest in a number of ways and that the ones who think god wants them to feed the poor, while equally mistaken about there being a god or he/she having a will, don’t deserve to fucking die.