Religious Right Calls for Deportation, Sterilization and Holy War on Muslims

IslamophobiaYou can’t exactly say that the activities of ISIL have ramped up anti-Muslim hatred in this country despite the efforts by the Religious Right to pain all Muslims with a broad brush.

After all, it is still being pointed out by the feckless mainstream media that the supposed threat posed by the “caliphate” to our national security is mostly hype. Rather, ISIL has given anti-Muslim forces an excuse to give full vent to their already existing hatred.

We are fairly inundated with lunacy, like the cry of “they want to rule the world!’ Which is funny, because the same is true of Christianity (the Great Commission can be blamed for that). It is hardly a coincidence that a Washington State Republican wants to mandate that all prayers at council meetings be directed to the Christian God. Not even a pretense of religious freedom here.

I don’t know about you, but it strikes me that it is not Muslims who are the biggest threat to my religious freedom.

And even while WND’s Joseph Farah is claiming that there is no difference between CAIR – the Council on American-Islamic Relations – and ISIL, we see Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson embracing ISIL’s own policy, that Muslims must “convert or die.”

Last I checked CAIR, unlike the Religious Right, was not advocating a policy of “convert or die.”

And Larry Klayman, fresh from demanding a holy war against President Obama, is demanding a “holy war” against Islam. Klayman also wants an end to immigration of Muslims and, and oh by the way, American Muslims must be deported because “they have no business in our land.”

This contrasts strongly to the smile that came to my own face yesterday at a Muslim mom holding a stop sight at my son’s school crosswalk. I remember thinking, we are truly a diverse country. And nobody seemed to have a problem with her being there, or with making our trip from the building to the parking lot safe. Yes, there is sanity even in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.

We have Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC) calling for a holy war. As the SPLC notes, a Sept. 4 blog post on the group’s site is almost certainly written by Cass, who says Christians must fight back with “overwhelming Christian just war.” The title of the post say it all: “I’m Islamophobic. Are You?” Cass warns that “every true follower of Mohammed wants to…subjugate and murder you. They believe they have been given a mandate by Allah (Satan) to dominate the world.”

As SPLC’s Leah Nelson points out,

That, of course, is in direct conflict with Cass’s own belief that in fact it is Christians who have been given a mandate for dominion. Cass’s mentor, the late D. James Kennnedy of the anti-LGBT group Coral Ridge Ministries (of which Cass is the former executive director), once said, “As the vice regents of God, [Christians] are to exercise godly dominion and influence over…every aspect and institution of human society.”

After all, it’s to the Christian God Air Force re-enlistees are being required to swear in an unconstitutional oath to defend the Constitution, in order to stay in the Air Force, not Allah.

Cass does not, like Klayman, push hard for deportation, though he flirts with the idea of deportation or sterilization as alternatives. This is not out of human kindness or consideration for Islam’s Constitutional rights in this country, but simply because, practically speaking, it’s not going to happen. The only thing that “has [been] shown to work,” writes Cass, “is overwhelming Christian just war and overwhelming self defense.”

Self defense, I am assuming, as when Christian armies marched from France and Germany to sack Jerusalem and kill every living human being in the city, regardless of religion (along with everybody else they met along the way whose religion was suspect, including other Christians). Or when President George W. Bush illegally invaded Iraq, shattered the country and its economy, and created through his maladministration, the fertile ground from which ISIL later sprung.

THAT kind of self defense.

Cass writes that,

We have to face the harsh truth that Islam has no place in civilized society. Muslims cannot live in a society based on Christian ideals of equality and liberty. They will always seek to harm us. Now the only question is how many more dead bodies will have to pile up at home and abroad before we crush the vicious seed of Ishmael in Jesus’ name?”

That last line says it all: crush them in Jesus’ name.

Wasn’t what Jesus himself said more along the lines of “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44) and “turn the other cheek”? (Matthew 5:39).Jesus nowhere preached just war. That was Augustine of Hippo, who lived four centuries later. That same guy who loathed the idea of religious freedom for anybody but Christians. If the religious right were better read, they’d be quoting the hell out of that particular hater.

And then we’ve got Michele Bachmann, still celebrating her own tenuous freedom by attacking the freedom of others. Bachmann was one of a group of GOP members of Congress who, as Right Wing Watch reported yesterday, to “join anti-Muslim group ACT for America at [a] Capitol Hill briefing.” Also present were Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Rep. John Boozman (R-AR).

Ted Cruz (R-TX) was supposed to attend but was presumably too busy trying to find his balls after being booed off stage by listeners at the Middle East’s Christian conference in Washington D.C. ACT for America’s Brigitte Gabriel wanted to give the emasculated Ted an award too (Roskam got the “Patriot Award”) but she did manage to give awards to Alabama State Senator Gerald Allen, who opposes Sharia Law in his state even though he doesn’t know what it is and despite the fact that less than half of one percent of Alabamians are actually Muslim, and his counterpart from Kansas, Rep. Peggy Mast.

The ever-intellectually-challenged Michele Bachmann opined that, “In the art of war you are to know yourself and the enemy…our president either doesn’t know the enemy or he knows them too well” (I’m pretty sure this makes no sense at all) but she’s not alone: Klayman says that Obama is “a Muslim through and through” and Gabriel agrees, saying back in July that Obama is a Muslim and that he is “not only pro-Islam, he’s pro-jihadist.”

ISIL has been a bonanza for haters. And they have reason to hope. After all, even under a Democratic president ,Japanese-Americans suffered for the sins of Japan when it attacked Pearl Harbor. They probably do not see their own hopes as unreasonable should Republicans win in 2014 and 2016. And you know what? I can’t say they are wrong. Because it CAN happen here. It can happen anywhere.

20 Replies to “Religious Right Calls for Deportation, Sterilization and Holy War on Muslims”

  1. This is so timely. A friend, studying to become a minister, just posted that Islam should be outlawed, that it is not a peaceful religion, and anyone believing that it is should read the Koran. I was stunned and am still debating how to frame my response to him. People cherry-pick the Bible to suit their needs as, evidently, they do when reading the Quran. We must learn to distinguish between people and the religion they embrace.

  2. The hypocrisy is just stunning. It’s OK for “Christians’ to kill, demonize others, and decide only they are right, but when any other religious group dos the same damn things, they are evil? Please. If I thought for a moment that any of these rightwing creeps ever knew what Christianity is, I would still think they were fear-mongering creeps.

  3. “Cass writes that,

    We have to face the harsh truth that Islam has no place in civilized society. Muslims cannot live in a society based on Christian ideals of equality and liberty”

    Anyone see the total hypocrisy here? Equality and liberty, except for the Muslims of course. Can he not see his own hypocrisy?

  4. Actually, it was a peaceful in its’ birth. After all, Christ was the one who taught to turn the other cheek, Love thy neighbor, etc. The religion was corrupted afterward.

  5. I, personally, am so sick of listening to these people saying they are holier than everybody else. That they alone are given the responsibility of determining what we think, how we act and how we speak.

    As for the Air Force, we’ve been through this before. Fundamentalist took over the Academy and forced cadets to act as fundamentalists in order to continue their education. It was stopped, but at a great cost. They violated the Constitution then and are violating it once again.

    Article VI para. 3 specifically states, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” To force people who wish to defend their country to swear to a god they may not believe in is a violation of their basic civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.

    This crap needs to stop, period.

  6. This only proves why the Bible was written in the first place – as a way to control the people. This stands true for all religions, merely a means of controlling the people. Sad really isn’t it?

  7. Jesus instructed that we spread His teachings.
    But what “Christians” have been teaching since the 5th Century onward is not the teachings of Jesus, but the orthodoxies of a power-mad, sadistic Organization with no greater decency, or claim to moral authenticity, than that of a New Jersey Crime Mob or a Columbian drug cartel

  8. Whatever the Christian Reich demands of others that they cannot rule over or bend to their will should be applied to themselves. This world will never be truly free and will never be truly civilized until religion goes the way of the carrier pigeon.

  9. I can’t agree with you Rick. The reason being Christianity pre dated Jesus’ existence by hundreds of years. Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi, nothing more, nothing less. If you read your bible, you will see where he calls protestants dogs and other choice names. Christian scholars even admit Jesus is a myth.

  10. I cant believe I am about to say this as I usually do not resort to name calling, HOWEVER this radical rightwing is looking and sounding more and more and more like the Nazis every single day that passes.

  11. “Religious Right Calls for Deportation, Sterilization and Holy War on Muslims”

    Does anyone wonder why Americans are hated?

  12. Gwendolyn, your take on this issue is so right on..if you choose to seek the evil in a person, you shall find it and if you choose to seek the good in that person you will find that too. I am a muslim and a very proud one at that, i don’t see this ISIL or ISIS as a group of muslims. i see them as a bunch of ignorant un-educated people in search of power, money and control for the wealth in iraq from the wonderful, caring and liberating american in the “green zone”. the Quran clearly states that a muslim must never force his beliefs on another…to you your religion and to me, mine..their is no compulsion in religion, you can not judge your fellow man because he might be closer to God than you? the people who believe in the torah or the old testament are known as people of the book, therefore, they must be respected as your equals. the word infidel refers to anyone who does NOT believe in the Oneness of God. Adam,Abraham,Noah,Moses,Jesus and Muhammed are all known to be the Prophets.

  13. Sadly, I was sent an email where a prominent atheist (Sam Harris) was “responding” to the POTUS speech on ISIL with this same hate. Sure he tossed in a couple of *qualifiers but it was the same bigoted rhetoric as well as a tasty remark about the “failures of multicultural societies” … part of it is quoted in the Christian Post. Christianists are having so much fun with it. I’m no longer on that mailing list!

  14. I have read the Koran. It is the same story with the same people. The two points in the Koran that I find the most fascinating and are most like the R/R in the USA, is 1. the question of Jesus’ lineage(did God have sex with Mary) A/A Gabriel bristled and told MO that God was never begotten nor had He ever begot. A/A Gabriel then told MO that WE sent the holy ghost to impregnate Mary. Sound familiar? The second point is the thing about women’s dress. Mo was told again by AA Gabriel that “A man should not display his wife in the market place as he would a flower” Now tell me people, does that say to wear a burka? They Cherry pick as bad as the wingers do here.
    A/A = ArchAngel Mo= Mohamad RR= Religious Right

  15. Except for the “minor” fact that there is no proof that any jesus character ever existed. There is not a single contemporary account of any jesus. Not one, not anywhere.

    For example:

    As stated by Dr. Bart Ehrman, Professor of religious studies at the University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill, NC said, “In the entire first Christian century, Jesus is not mentioned by a single Greek or Roman scholar, politician, philosopher, or poet. His name never appears in a single inscription, and it is never found in a single piece of private correspondence. Zero! Zip references!”

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