Racist Teabaggers

As the controversy rages about the NAACP’s resolution condemning the racist elements within the Tea Party, there’s another racist element within the movement: Islamophobia.

The Tea Party Express chairman Mark Williams referred to Allah on his blog as a “monkey god” and that for Muslims, “any day is a great day for a massacre.”

Among the guest speakers at the Tennessee Tea Party Coalition is Pam Geller, author of the Atlas Shrugs blog and associate of prominent anti-Muslim “scholar” Robert Spencer.

Dick Armey, former congressman and FreedomWorks CEO – one of the prime funding sources behind the Tea Party movement – once declared to Chris Matthews Hardball in 2002 that the (predominantly Muslim) Palestinians should leave, amounting to ethnic cleansing. “That’s right…I happened to believe that the Palestinians should leave,..”

The Tea Party Express tour was organized by the Republican public relations firm, Russo, Marsh and Rogers. RMR sponsored a showing of the Islamo-conspiricist documentary, Obsession, at the Star Theatre in heavily Arab/Muslim Dearborn on Sept. 11 and was hosted by racist blogger Debbie Schlussel.

Tea Party-allied candidates for office such as Lou Ann Zelenik are also anti-Muslim; she described a planned mosque in her home state as being “designed to fracture the moral and political foundation of Middle Tennessee.”

Then there’s the high-profile supporters:

Glenn Beck – probably one of the biggest and most consistent Tea Party supporters – threatened Muslims with concentration camps if there aren’t more “good Muslims” that line up “”to shoot the bad Muslims in the head” while on CNN.

Another high-profile supporter – Rush Limbaugh – has made some pretty outrageous comments regarding Muslims, as part of his MO.

Sean Hannity has a problem with Islam, too. So does former congressman Tom Tancredo, who once called for Mecca to be bombed in the event of a nuclear terrorist attack.

These are just a few examples of the rampant anti-Muslim bigotry within and outside of the Tea Party movement. Far from having “racist elements,” as the NAACP put it, the movement is racist.

Update: July 18

It’s funny how the  Tea Party is livid about being branded racist, yet don’t do anything to disprove the NAACP’s thesis. Case in point: Emerald Coast Tea Party Patriots hosting noted anti-Muslim activist, Brigitte Gabriel. Gabriel is a Lebanese Christian that believes no practicing Muslim should be allowed to hold office and once said “between Israel and the Arab world is the difference between civilization and barbarism,” an interesting observation considering that she grew up in Lebanon during the civil war.

She has lied about her past, which she uses to sell books she wrote, “Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America” and “They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It.”

“Critics of Gabriel state that her biographical account is riddled with factual inaccuracies. While she claims that she lived for seven years in a bomb shelter, her former neighbours in Marjayoun say that her family, like that of others in the village, may have spent a few nights in their shelter or basement at times, but that they otherwise lived relatively normally.

Gabriel also used to tell audiences that Hizbullah was the group that terrorized her family for the seven years between 1975 and 1982. She stopped making this claim after people objected, pointing out that Hizbullah was formed after she left Lebanon, as a direct result of the Israeli invasion and occupation of 1982. What is documented is that the civil war was caused by Christian militias that hold fascist politics and committed atrocities against Muslims for the simple fact that they were Muslim. Her silence on this reality and her active demonizing of Muslims indicate that she at the very least tacitly endorses this kind of Christian fascism; by hosting her, so too does the Tea Party.

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