Interesting that the first thing all the anti-mosque people say is - "This has nothing to do with religion". Yeah, except for everything.
Meanwhile in the wake of the Anti-Muslim Knife attack, Conservatives are taking their default position of pretending to be the "Real Victims" simply because of comments - COMMENTS - left on blogs like Thinkprogress that suggest that people like Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin and their anti-mosque Rhetoric may have had something to do with it.
MALKIN: Within an hour of this thing happening, people not really knowing fully who the perpetrator was and as details did come out, you know, this is no right winger, there’s no evidence whatsoever that he’s identified with the Tea Party and yet if you look at the comments and headlines of some of these blogs, let me read some. [...]
[T]he bilge spewing commenters at ThinkProgress immediately indicted Newt Gingrich, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and yes, right here it says, “Thanks Fox.”
In response to Malkin, Steve Doocy proclaims:
He didn't do it because of the Tea Party he did it because he was drunk. He wasn't associated with a Right-wing organization, he was associated with Lefties
Way to not jump to a conclusion there Stevo. The solution to a "knee-jerk reaction" of blaming the Right, is to reflexively blame the left? Brilliant.
Think progress points out that Malkin herself posts the following disclaimer on her own blog.
I do not own your comments and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
So she takes no responsibility for what her commenters say, but Thinkprogress should? Anyone remember when Michelle Malkin published the contact information for a group of UC Santa Cruz anti-war activists, and when asked to remove the information said...
"I am leaving it up. If you are contacting them, I do not condone death threats or foul language. As for SAW, my message is this: You are responsible for your individual actions. Other individuals are responsible for theirs. Grow up and take responsibility."
Death Threats and Foul Language were exactly what they received, but of course Malkin took no responsibility for it even though she had directly facilitated it.
But now Malkin is arguing that noone on the right wing has anything to do with the anti-Mosque violence which is frankly on the rise. People argue that the knife attacker isn't any anti-islamicist because he had worked with an interfaith agency. Well he also kept a diary full of anti-muslim rantings.
His diary equated Muslims with "killers, ungrateful for the help they were being offered, filthy murderers without a conscience." A top Muslim American organization said the event shows the dangers of extreme anti-Islamic rhetoric.
Whether Enright's actions were inspired by the hateful rhetoric which has become common during the mosque debate, his experience in Afghanistan, his apparently drinking problem, some form of post traumatic stress from his experience as an embed, or some combination of all the above - it is clear that the idea of Get the Muslim has become far more acceptable than it had been just a year ago.
This general attitude of open disdain, disrespect and potential violence is easy to see - as a 9/11 worker is accosted and mistaken for a Muslim during an anti-mosque demonstration - and another man in Queen's walked into a mosque and urinating on their prayer mats.
In another brazen anti-Muslim incident, a man wandered into a mosque in Queens Wednesday night, shouting racial slurs and urinating all over prayer rugs.
According to police, a drunk Omar Rivera shouted "terrorists" before relieving himself in the Iman Mosque.
Meanwhile an increasing number of persons seem to believe that our current President himself is some type of Muslim, despite his own statements recognizing the resurrection of Jesus Christ (a point of view that is not supported by the beliefs of Jews or Muslims) during this years Easter Prayer Breakfast.
Not that people like Franklin Graham who claimed the President was born with a "Muslim Seed" has helped after he claimed that "Islam is a wicked and Evil Religion".
Or Mark Williams, formerly of Tea Party Express say this about Islam.
Days after writing that Muslims worship "the terrorists' monkey god," embattled Tea Party leader Mark Williams apologized for his insensitivity - to Hindus.
"In the course of the article I described the 'god' worshiped by terrorists as 'a monkey god.' I was wrong and that was offensive. I owe an apology to millions of Hindus who worship Lord Hanuman, an actual Monkey God," Williams wrote Wednesday night.
William's had also called Obama a "Indonesian Muslim and Welfare Thug-in-Chief" before he wrote his horrifically bigoted letter parodying the NAACP and caused the expulsion of the Tea Party Express.
And what about Arkansas Tea Party Candidate for Governor Bill Roper.
Billy Roper is a write-in candidate for governor of Arkansas and an unapologetic white nationalist. "I don’t want non-whites in my country in any form or fashion or any status," he says.
Roper also is a tea party member who says he has been gathering support for his cause by attending tea party rallies. "We go to these tea parties all over the country," Roper said. "We’re looking for the younger, potentially more radical people."
We have Right-Wing Militia which has vowed to help a Florida Church Burn Koran's on 9/11, despite failing to receive a permit from the fire department (also, are they going to buy those Korans or Steal them - before they burn them?)
Is all of this hate and intolerance coming exclusively from the Right just a coincidence? Somehow, I think not. It may have been premature to try and connect Enright's actions to all the rhetoric above - but it's not completely unreasonable to consider it might be linked.