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Holocaust Museum Shooting Exposes the Absurdity of Islamophobes

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

Recently, as many who follow the news are aware we were given a glimpse of hatred and racism with the shootings at the Holocaust Museum.  It was a tragic hate incident in which a security guard lost his life reminding us that there is a lot of prejudice out there directed at many different communities. It also revealed the strange and obscurantist pathologies that exist amongst the extreme right-wing and those who attempt to pass themselves off as mainstream media.

So it is not hard to believe that even with this shooting, which was carried out by 89 year old James Von Brunn, a right-wing White Nationalist, there are those who want to blame it on Islam and Muslims! This highlights something well known, though not much talked about, in which loonie Islamophobes and Muslim haters will attempt to tie every event that they can to Muslims regardless how unrelated it may be. Such was the case with  Steven Emerson who claimed that the Oklahoma City Bombings revealed a “Middle Eastern trait,” or Debbie Schlussel claiming that the Virginia Tech Massacre was committed by a Muslim even when it was clear that it was a Korean male with no link to Islam.

These are the times we live in, with heightened suspicion of Muslims translating itself into absurd ideas that Muslims are behind every plot, they are the boogey men in your closet and the monsters underneath your bed.

This time we have Glenn Beck and none other then — you guessed it — Debbie Schlussel outlandishly linking the Holocaust Museum shooting to Islam and Muslims. As Gawker noted,”Beck, with a straight face mind you, looked into the camera and said that America as it stands today is a “boiling pot” fueled by extremists groups like Al Qaeda and 9/11 truthers who are sowing the seeds of extremism and hatred in this country.”

Beck implies somehow in his warped world that America is brimming with extremist (Muslim) terrorists from groups such as Al-Qaeda. To prove his point he shows footage of a man speaking about a crazy plot in Arabic. We aren’t told who the guy is, where he said what he was saying or how that indicates that America stands today at a “boiling pot.” It is a strange point to make especially when the shooter James Von Brunn had nothing to do with Islam or Muslims, in fact it highlights what seems to be Beck’s attempts to cover up for his incendiary rhetoric which really does fuel extremism,

Beck…doesn’t make mention, much less offer an apology for, the lunacy he’s been promoting over the radio and television airwaves over the years, lunacy that directly feeds the derangement of people like James von Brunn, inflammatory rhetoric he’s been spewing about America turning into a totalitarian communist regime under Obama, the New World Order, Mexicans pouring over our borders to take our jobs and rape our children, FEMA concentration camps, ACORN rigging an American Presidential election for Obama, that dark, powerful, unseen forces are controlling the American economy, how liberals might to assassinate him—We could go on and on and on.

Debbie Schlussel

Debbie Schlussel

Debbie Sclussel, described by Gawker as an “Anne Coulter wanna-be” goes further than Glenn Beck stating explicitly that “It is because of Muslims…that neo-Nazis feel comfortable manifesting their views about Jews.” Can it get anymore loony than that? This is coming from a woman who recently joked about the genocide of Palestinians, while writing about clashes between rival Palestinian forces which left six dead Schlussel stated, “As we say in lawyer jokes, that’s a start. Six down, a few million to go.” Does the irony of these peoples statements go right over their heads?

Here is the totality of the absurdity spewed by Schlussel,

It is because of Muslims—who are the biggest contributor to the worldwide rise in anti-Semitism to Holocaust-eve levels—that neo-Nazis feel comfortable—far more comfortable!—manifesting their views about Jews. Until 9/11 and our resulting new tolerance for Islam, the neo-Nazi types were marginalized and howling at the wind. We know who has been targeting Jewish museums and centers affiliated with Jews in recent years. And it hasn’t been, in general, 89-year-old White guys.

Mr. Von Brunn has been on this planet for 89 years, and he didn’t feel comfortable shooting up a Holocaust museum until now—this new era of “tolerance,” in which we must tolerate the most extremist Muslim behaviors and sentiments. It’s, in general, not 89-year-old White guys telling people at churches worldwide and in religious schools that the Jews are the devil incarnate, a filthy tribe, the sons of pigs and monkeys, subhuman, etc.

No, it’s guys with names like Mohammed and Ahmed on our own American streets who make Mr. Von Brunn far more at ease in 2009 than he was even in 1999 to attack places associated with the Jews. They created the comfort zone for James W. Brunn to engage in today’s shooting.

Moreover, not only do White supremacists and neo-Nazis work with Muslims in many, many documented cases and investigations. But they are basically one and the same. The only difference is that one guy is named James and the other guy is named Ahmed. And the former only has a few thousand discredited, marginalized compatriots.

Whereas the latter has over a billion followers and a U.S. President kissing their collective ass.

Not only is she attempting to blame the Holocaust Museum tragedy on Muslims but she attempts to blur the obvious-as-day-and-night difference between Muslims and Nazis by saying, ‘Neo-Nazis/White Supremacists and Muslims are one and the same thing.’ Really Debbie? This fairy-tale from Debbie world would probably not sit well with the many Muslims who have faced violence from White supremacists and Nazis or Black Muslims who are part of Islam or Arab Muslims who are a Semitic people despised by the Nazi Aryan ideology.

In  “Debbie in Wonderland” all rationality goes out the window when you swallow the Islamophobic pill — anything goes. Up is down and down is up, black is white and white is black, and Nazis are Muslims and Muslims are Nazis.

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  • Patrick Tierney

    The nut who shot up the Holocaust Museum has been misinterpreted as a “right wing fanatic”. The majority Conservative thought has always been Pro-Israel,and conversely, the majority Liberal(even, ironically, amongst Jewish-Americans)position has always called for sympathy for the Palestinians!(See: vehement,outspoken anti-semite President Jimmy Carter)

    RE: President Obama’s faith. He’s never been dedicated to any religion (unless Socialism counts-and I believe it is a “religion”). As a new kid in town, Obama joined Reverend Wright’s congregation for street cred in his desire to work his way into the Chicago Machine. Even so, I believe he never attended more that a few services there (have you ever sen photos/videos of him in Wright’s church beside his marriage and his children’s baptisms?). That’s why it was news to him what Wright was preaching on Sunday morning. Observers have said that he hasn’t been seen attending church since he’s been in office except on Christian holy days since he’s been in office.
    He is on the other hand, very active in his devotion to Socialist Ideology in most all of his political decisions.

  • Barry Lyndon

    Quick question, why aren’t any of the right wingers ranting about how cozy bush was with the saudis? Or bush’ pro-islam comments? Why don’t we hear them claiming that Bush is a muslim? Oh wait that’s right, they’re racist hypocrites, if a white guy’s pals with the saudis that’s okay in their eyes but if a Black man visits them he’s a ‘jihadi muslim’.

  • Adam979

    Obama did not bow to the Saudi king, can you leave your silly thoughts to yourself please.

  • kaka

    elric was agreeing with your point you tard
    edu ma kate yourself so you wont make a fool of yourself on the interwebz

  • Bonni

    Elric, Americans DO NOT bow to Kings, ANY Kings. It’s the reason we fought the Revolutionary War and have a Constitution, you fool.

  • Elric66

    “Obama was not born Muslim…his father was not a practising Muslim and he was not raised by him…end of.”

    What does it matter if his father was practicing or not or if he was raised by him? And of course there was his deep graceful bow to the Saudi king.

  • Nissa

    Yeah..posting a few sensationalist stories without context of the cultural and historical situations really does a lot for Muslim women. I actually work in the community to help Muslim women, and they would take offense at your avatar…its Orientalist and plays up to stereotypes about Muslim women needing to be ‘unveiled’. It doesn’t insult Muslim men it objectifies Muslim women….
    – would you expose Muslim women being oppressed by non-Muslims? No, because it doesn’t fit into your agenda.

    Anyone who thinks Spencer knows anything about Islam is more than a little deluded…and as for telling the world how evil I am….its morons like him that are part of creating a polarised society in which violence is sanctioned as ‘defense’.
    Clearly I do have a sense of humour, I think you are bloody hilarious, if a little loony.

  • Bonni

    Nissa, I have done more to expose Muslim oppression of women than any so-called feminist could even thing of doing. As far as my avatar goes, it is done as an insult to Muslim men, not women but apparently you have no sense of humor either. Spencer knows more about Islam than you Muslims care to admit and you don’t like it because he tells the world how evil you people really are.

    I hope you had a look at some of the Beheadings on my website. They are among the most popular along with the Muslim men marrying and having sex with little girls stories.

  • Nissa

    Oh dear Bonni- of course we all know he is Muslim…and now we run the free world..pity that hasn’t helped the Palestinians or the Kashmiris or the Rohingya? Also…please don’t throw around words like ‘taqiyya’ when you only have the Robert Spencer definition of it and know nothing about the concept and purpose…
    Obama was not born Muslim…his father was not a practising Muslim and he was not raised by him…end of.
    On a different note, your delightful bare naked muslim site has a lot on how Muslims abuse Muslim women and then you little avatar actually sexualises and dehumanises Muslim women- of course as the reproducers of Muslims sympathy for them only extends as far as it suits you, right?
    I’m sure that is lost on you though…

  • Emanuel is a self-hating Jew whom real Jews know is not really Jewish. But like many liberals, he worships at the altar of liberalism, NOT Judaism. In WWII Germany, he would have been one of the Hitler Jews who shoved fellow Jews into the gas chambers to avoid being gassed themselves.

    And yes, I know that Obama is a Muslim because he was born a Muslim and never was baptized into the Church, which means he is still a Muslim. In Islam, if one apostates oneself, it is punishable by death and we don’t see any Muslims calling for his head. Even his so-called pastor has a degree in Islamic studies.

    But more than what I feel, Muslims know he is still a Muslim and I have much evidence of Muslims saying as much on camera. You should look up the word Taqiyya if you want to know what Obama is.

    Have you noticed that he has not stepped foot in a church since becoming President?

  • Garibaldi

    Bonni, Your comment reflects perfectly how ludicrous Islamophobes and anti-Muslims are. Do you still really believe that Obama is a Muslim? Do you believe Obama hates Jews when Rahm Emanuel, his Chief of Staff, is Jewish?

  • It isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you. Even though the Holocaust Museum shooter wasn’t a Muslim, his actions were encouraged by the Muslim in the White House, a Jew/Israel hater extraordinaire.

  • Courtney

    “Moreover, not only do White supremacists and neo-Nazis work with Muslims in many, many documented cases and investigations. But they are basically one and the same. The only difference is that one guy is named James and the other guy is named Ahmed.”

    Yeah right!!!! Like you see Neo-Nazis sitting down to tea with any Muslim… They are an equal opportunity hater! I really don’t like Glenn Beck.

  • wrister21

    Very good article. It points out the on-going trend for the right wing extremists to take an event and twist it into whatever ends they are promoting – typically hatred towards a specific group whether it be Muslims or liberals. Frankly I’m getting tired of this sort of crap. I just learned of another loon – Pam Geller – who I guess has been around a lot longer than I care to think about. It gets so old but I fear that the ranks of the loons are growing so, hopefully the ranks of the sane are growing too. Such a shame that these people are getting main stream exposure. Thanks Fox. And Priscilla, thanks for something positive. I need it after Schlussel and Beck’s negativity and hatred.

  • Salaam,
    Thank you for the comment Priscilla and for highlighting the outreach of Muslims working together with the Jewish community. It is a very good lesson on solidarity and community harmony in the face of hatred and violence.

  • This is a glimpse into what Muslims did after the tragedy at the Holocaust Museum: http://www.examiner.com/x-13139-DC-Muslim-Examiner~y2009m6d15-Interfaith-Solidarity-at-US-Holocaust-Museum . And some Jewish and Muslim reaction: http://www.examiner.com/x-13139-DC-Muslim-Examiner~y2009m6d11-Local-Jews-Muslims-react-to-domestic-terror . Here’s a beautiful video about how Jews and Muslims in the DC area work together: http://americannewsproject.com/node/76

  • tope_gudgeon

    Schlussel is uninformed. If she looked at any newspaper, she would find the assailants history.
    1983 – convicted of attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board.
    1981 – He was arrested outside the room where the board was meeting, carrying a revolver, knife and sawed-off shotgun. At the time, police said Von Brunn wanted to take the members hostage because of high interest rates and the nation’s economic difficulties.”

    I thought we were blaming everything on the economy these days.

  • remora_inconnu

    I’m so happy to see this article here so quickly. Good choice of quotes.

    Do you think anyone has told her that Muslim does not equal extremist? Seriously, maybe she doesn’t know.

  • Garibaldi

    Thank you for the compliment WDSF. Debbie is a hate-spewing individual. It is sad that she saw the need to use the Holocaust Memorial tragedy to further her hatred of Islam. Has she been on Fox News recently? I wonder what the last time it was she was on. Any knowledge on that?

  • WDSF

    Once again great work!

    It is well-noted that Fox commentator “Debbie” is hate-spewing individual. The tragedy at the Memorial highlights how right-wing supremacists permeate in our society.

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