The Year in Quotes: Muslim Bashing

by TFN

This year we saw a spike in anti-Muslim hostility — even hysteria — from the right. Even some who have long claimed to support the First Amendment’s protections for religious freedom have been among those ready to target others politically and legally simply for their religious beliefs. So today we review some of what we heard from the right when it came to anti-Muslim hysteria in 2010. You can read earlier reviews of what we heard from the far right this year here, here and here.

“I urge all Texans to support the Texas State Board of Education members who want to stop the pro-Islam/anti-Christian, anti-Judeo bias in our students textbooks. School children should be spared the move to ‘political correctness’ and instead be taught a true and correct version of history.”

— Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, speaking in support of an anti-Muslim resolution passed by the State Board of Education in September, Texas Insider, October 5, 2010

“Progressives and Islamists are indeed on the same side. Their common disdain for Christianity explains why left-wing judges in America find any inkling of Christianity in the public square unconstitutional, while Islamist judges in the Middle East deem it executable. Their common view that life is expendable explains the left’s embrace abortion-on-demand and why the Islamists don’t hesitate to deploy their own children for homicide bombings.”

— Religious-right leader and former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer, in an essay exploring President Obama’s “affinity for Islam.” Human Events, August 31, 2010

“Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get answers!”

— Ads on buses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Miami and New York by a group calling itself Stop Islamization of America, Christian Science Monitor, July 28, 2010

“I’m a big believer in freedom of religion but believe it would be best for all involved to put the facility elsewhere.”

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking about a planned Muslim community center near 9/11’s Ground Zero in New York, Dallas Morning News, August 6, 2010

“Is it just that we can offend Americans and Christians, but not foreigners and Muslims?”

— Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, shamelessly spinning the debate over a proposed Muslim community near Ground Zero in New York, Politico, August 15, 2010

“I have no experience with it whatsoever. I only know what the Bible says.”

— Terry Jones, the evangelical pastor of Dove World Outreach Center who planned to memorialize the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a bonfire of Korans, responding to a question about his knowledge of the Koran. New York Times, August 25, 2010

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