If the McCain campaign has done one very bad thing, it has fanned the fire of hate and anger in this country, most of it directed against adherents to the Islamic faith. While McCain has publicly denied this, it has not stopped Republican sleazebags like Rush Limbaugh from continuing to harp on this point. I give some examples if you click "read more".
The following is from a personal opinion piece in my home town newspaper, the Morgan Hill Times.
How is it possible for Barack Hussein Obama to be a presidential candidate?This is almost directly out of Limbaugh, especially the supposed statistics on Obama's parentage. The one good thing that I will say for my town is that the response to this column has been universally against the author and calling into question the rationale of the editor in publishing such garbage.
The following points have been extracted or taken from the printed and electronic media.
Obama is 43.75 percent Arabic, 6.25 percent African and 50 percent white. His father's birth certificate states he's Arab, not African. In fact, Obama practiced the Muslim faith daily at school and kept the faith for 31 years, until his wife made him change. He has no real identity. He is half white, which he rejects. Then, most of him is Arabic. Not one drop of his blood is African-American.
Obama's father, a Muslim, was married three times, attended Harvard and returned to Kenya. Obama claims his father was an atheist but he was given a Muslim burial.
Obama said in his book, "Audacity of Hope," "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."
My opinion: What better place for Muslims to control our country, than in the office of the President.
The flagrant racism and outright idiocy of such writing makes it hard for those of us who try to be objective to criticize the governments of countries that soundly need criticism. The following story was reported by several networks today, but I will quote from a student at CSU-Northridge, since it involves another student there.
Feministing pal Roja Bandari gave us the heads up about her dear friend Esha Momeni, whom while in Iran interviewing members of the One Million Signatures Campaign for her Masters thesis at CalState Northridge, was arrested and taken to Evin Prison, which is managed by the Intelligence and Security Ministry.What I have heard from KQED radio was that Momeni had her computer confiscated along with all of the videotaped interviews with women's right advocates in Iraq.
We’ve been covering this great campaign for quite a while, and Esha is not the first to be arrested. She is a member of the campaign in California, and came to Iran two months ago to work on her thesis there. Her parents [living in Iran] were told by court officials yesterday that nothing can happen until the investigation of Esha’s case is resolved.
Our thoughts go out to Esha and her friends and family who are working tirelessly for her release.
There are some who would be apologists for anything that is considered Islamic Culture. There are others, like the author I cited at the beginning, who harbor so much prejudice that they can not tell the truth when it hits them in the face. Such are the subject of tyrants.
My personal opinion of Limbaugh, who spreads his poison daily, is that he must have a great contempt for the public... in fact, he is probably laughing all the way to the drug store. For those like the MH Times author, we can only have pity. But, for Momeni and others like her, we must work continually to make sure that they are not forgotten.