The GOP media arm and political organization Fox News took to the airwaves today to continue their Fear And Anti-Law Campaign against the Cordoba Center (aka, the scary Mosque of terrorists). In order to really, really scare people, they dipped into their vast pool of political terrorists and came up with this guy, Walid Shoebat — a self-professed “former terrorist” and born-again Christian. Er, that may have been redundant at this point. At any rate, this Christian terrorist was on Fox and Friends today and he did Newt and Sarah proud by furthering party division and racism in this country. USA! USA! USA!
Yesterday, my fellow sane people, you may have heard the echo chamber of Republican bots across the country repeating the mantra that it was like letting Hitler build a monument on the concentration camps to “let” a community center (with several prayer rooms) be built within two blocks of the hallowed ground of Ground Zero. I guess Republicans really love them some Hitler, because they’re pulling this guy out for all of their arguments since they lost the 2008 election. I guess Hitler and the modern day Republican Party share a lot of values.
Fear. Intimidation. Propaganda.
So, to counter the reasoned pleas of those few sane Republicans left in this country (who tried desperately to remind their party that Republican leaders like Newt and Palin were advocating to violate our laws and freedoms – gosh, did they just notice this now?), Fox stepped it up today by having on a real terrorist to…well, scare everyone.
Said “former PLO” terrorist and reborn Christian (oh, Walid! Welcome to our nationalism club of brown shirts!) Walid Shoebat tossed around accusations against Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and the Cordoba Center, ironically accusing Imam of being a terrorist.
Walid also wants us all to know that if we “let” (aka, follow our laws) private citizens build something on private property, we are giving the terrorists everything they want.
Watch Scary Warning here (and imagine for old time’s sake the terror alert level going up as the election day drew near):
And honestly, who can doubt the veracity of this? After all, no one knows terrorism like the modern day Republican Party. So, if they say so…………..
And this guy, Shoebat? He’s got a stellar history! If this guy isn’t a Bretibart video waiting to happen, I don’t know who is. He also, too, thinks Islam is the devil and has called it thus. Gosh, those reborn Fox Christian Republicans! Spreadin’ Jesus’ love.
Here’s a brief look at Shoebat’s past statements according to Media Matters:
Shoebat: “It is very clear that Obama is definitely a Muslim.” On September 10, 2008, Shoebat appeared on G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show to spread falsehoods about Obama. Shoebat claimed that in Obama’s speeches, he was “talking about the same kind of issues that CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations, would want to fight for, and that is fighting for the terrorist cause.” Shoebat later claimed: “No one is called Hussein unless he is Muslim. So it is very clear that Barack Hussein Obama is definitely a Muslim.” He added: “I haven’t heard a really serious testimony of his Christian conversion. A Muslim who converts to Christianity, the first thing he does is denounces Islam. Has Barack Hussein Obama denounced Islam as a false religion?” Liddy responded: “No.”
Shoebat appeared on God’s Learning Channel to bash Islam and Obama. In an online interview with God’s Learning Channel, Shoebat made a series of unsupported, inflammatory claims about Islam and Obama. Among these were the claims that:
* Shoebat: Obama “bowed down” to the king of Saudi Arabia because he is African. Shoebat stated of Obama: “He is from a Nigerian stock, you know, he is an African. To meet with a king who is from an Arab ‘pedigree’ he would have to bow down. … He is culturally Muslim. No doubt about it.” (12:50)
* Shoebat: Obama is a “combination between socialism and Islam.” Shoebat stated: “Obama is — culturally grew up as a Muslim, and the whole world knows, Obama is a socialist, kind of ‘communistic’ views. His whole upbringing, you know, he’s a combination between socialism and Islam. And you find them collaborating together quite well, because Islam and socialism have one thing in common: revolution.” (85:37)
* Shoebat: “[I]f Islam is not the Antichrist system, why do you think the devil wants to put a ‘cultural Muslim’ in the White House?” Shoebat said: “In fact, Obama is allowing [Rep.] Keith Ellison (D-MN) to entertain a hundred different applications of Muslim activists to work in the White House. … The fox is entering into the henhouse. This is why I always argue, I say if Islam is not the Antichrist system, why do you think the devil wants to put a Muslim — a ‘cultural Muslim’ in the White House?” (14:35)
* Shoebat: Obama is doing the bidding of the Islamists. Shoebat stated of Obama: “He is doing the bidding of the Islamists. Definitely, no doubt about it. It’s very obvious what’s happening. We’ve said that before the election.” (11:45)
Shoebat again suggests “the devil” had a hand in Obama’s election. In a 2008 interview, Shoebat said: “This is why I like to argue with many Christians an interpretation of the Bible. If Islam is not playing the major role in Antichrist spirit, why do you think the devil wants to appoint somebody connected to Islam in the White House?”
Shoebat repeats “birther” arguments. In the same 2008 interview, Shoebat claimed Obama is ineligible to be president by calling his citizenship into question:”
Wow! He seems so fair and balanced! I can see why he’s a perfect fit for Fox and Friends. Oh, you know what? Much like so many of the Right wing’s heroes, this guy isn’t exactly who and what he says he is.
Yeah. The Jerusalem Post says the bank Shoebat claims to have bombed said it had no record of the attack. Oopsie. Sort of a Joe the Plumber moment there. But then, you’d think maybe he would be proud of not being a terrorist.
I guess I don’t get the Right wing at all.
And meanwhile, Democrats are split on the issue, or rather, some are afraid to stand up for our constitution and our freedoms in the face of more right wing Get Out the Vote hysteria.
Wonder when the Democrats will realize that if they give in on the principles of this country again just because they Right is shrieking, they are giving the terrorists exactly what they want.
The Right will never stop shrieking and making accusations about Hitler. It’s best to ignore them. And it would be really nice if the Democrats would stand together for once, united against this kind of political scare tactic, and say ENOUGH. We will not be cowed into giving up our freedoms again. We will not be cowed by accusations of not being patriotic or of being like Hitler. And we will certainly not allow our values to be destroyed because the Republican Party has nothing positive to offer this country this fall.
They’re just going to have to find something else to terrify their base with. That shouldn’t be hard.
All citizens of this country should unite over this attempt to violate freedom of our religion – left, right and center. The constitution is very clear about this issue. Laws were made as a guide for when we are at our worst, not our best. Let’s not give in to our fear this time.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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