Republicans Whip Anti-Muslim Hysteria While Gainesville Pastors Plan Readings From Quran in Response to Planned Burning
FDL- By: Jim White Saturday August 21, 2010 7:21 am
On September 12, at least sixteen Gainesville area pastors will read from the Quran as a response to the Gainesville church that has designated September 11 as “Burn a Koran Day”. (photo of Quran at the Museum of Natural History in New York City by *Muhammad* on Flickr)
In Saturday’s New York Times, Scott Shane points out the impact of the hysteria being whipped up, primarily by Republican politicians, over the Park 51 project in New York. By falsely conflating a Muslim community center with the radical extremists who attacked the World Trade Center in 2001, these politicians are fueling recruitment for the same types of radicals:
“I know people in this debate don’t intend it, but there are consequences for these kinds of remarks,” said Brian Fishman, who studies terrorism for the New America Foundation here.
“When the rhetoric is so inflammatory that it serves the interests of a jihadi recruiter like Awlaki, politicians need to be called on it,” Mr. Fishman said.
A Reuters article goes into more depth on the subject:
Religious scholar Aslan blames “Islamophobia” that he said was being whipped by the Republican Party establishment.
“They are making religious bigotry — just as they made anti-immigrant sentiment — part of their political platform,” Aslan said. “Democrats in the most cowardly fashion have completely caved in to this challenge.”