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Muslims in Politics: Islamophobes’ Worst Nightmare

Rep. Keith Ellison, one of two Muslims in Congress

by Garibaldi

Muslims make up 1 to 2% of the population in the United States, a number which is reflected in their limited political clout. This fact however does not hinder the Islamophobia Movement’s growing fear and anxiety about Muslim advancement in the political realm. LoonPolitics, as has been clearly demonstrated over the years, is a central feature of the surreal world of anti-Muslim bigotry.

One could be forgiven if while reading Islamophobic blog headlines one actually thought he or she was reading a chapter heading of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, or Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, or maybe even the Arabian Nights. President Barack Obama is still supposedly our first “Mooslim-in-Chief” according to AtlasShrugs’ Pamela Geller, JihadWatch’s Robert Spencer and a “healthy chunk” of Americans. Even after several House hearings on the subject, conspiracy theories about the insidious world-wide octopus known as the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating all branches of the government are regular political parlay with prominent politicians such as Michele Bachmann. Former terrorism supporter and current Chair of the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Rep. Peter King is due to hold his millionth hearing on the supposed “pressing” issue of the radicalization of American Muslims. I can go on and on but you get the picture.

So why are Islamophobes so anxious? Why do they feel the need to pre-empt Muslim political advancement in the United States–at any and all cost? Is it a fear of phantom Sharia’ Law replacing the US Constitution? Is it a fear of the Abdullah Yusuf Ali translation of the Holy Quran replacing the King James Holy Bible as part of the canon of English literature? No, these are not the true reasons for their fear. As one of the godfathers of Islamophobia, Daniel Pipes put it at an American Jewish Congress convention, “the presence, and increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims” is “dangerous.”

Pipes was speaking in the context of how such a scenario would “affect American Jews,” but his statement holds true with nearly all Islamophobes; they believe Muslim advancement in American life will challenge their agendas.

Almost anytime a Muslim is elected to congress, appointed as a judge, a city councillor and/or an advisor expect immediate Islamophobic backlash. Reverberating across the looniverse will be hundreds, if not thousands of blogposts and opinion articles, each one mirroring one another’s talking points.

Remember Rep. Keith Ellison and the manufactured “Koran swearing-in controversy?” Islamophobes were in a twist over Ellison putting his hand on the very same Quran Thomas Jefferson owned; un-American they claimed! Rep. Andre Carson recently faced a barrage of accusations about “stealth jihad” and slanders that he wanted public schools to teach the Quran–all because of a misunderstood and decontextualized four sentence quote ripped from a 15 minute speech. Who can forget when Judge Sohail Mohammed was appointed to a state bench and the immediate hysterics from Geller and company claiming Sharia’ Law had penetrated New Jersey–Gov. Chris Christie responded in bewilderment, “Sharia Law has nothing to do with this at all, it’s crazy!” There was also the ACT! for America campaign that targeted a Muslim Fulbright Scholar and Business professor, Parvez Ahmed appointed by Jacksonville’s mayor to a Human Right’s Commission–according to many the anti-Muslim bigotry was an embarrassing episode for the City of Jacksonville.

So it is not surprising that Islamophobes once again got bent out of shape when anti-Loon Ahmed Rehab was recently announced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as part of an advisory committee on immigration issues (h/t: FernandoA).

The anti-Muslim Islamophobic websites would have us believe that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former civilian volunteer with the IDF, appointed a “Hamas-linked” operative as an advisor! Most of the recycled headlines in the looniverse read, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Appoints Hamas-Linked CAIR’s Ahmed Rehab to Advisory Committee. Yes, you read that right, a former volunteer with IDF, now the mayor of one of the largest US cities supposedly appointed a Hamas-linked individual to his advisory committee. That’s as surreal as Islamophobic stupidity gets. I mean I know they pack a lot into those deep dish pizza’s in Chicago, but there ain’t nothin’ in those pizzas that would make Emanuel, ever, appoint a “Hamas linked advisor!”

The well worn anti-Muslim smear and slander campaign (they never provide real evidence of Hamas links) against Rehab seems to have fallen on deaf, or at least unsympathetic ears, as good judgement generally sees clear through Islamophobic BS.

The most ironic and surreal part of all this is the true missed terrorist link: Mayor Emanuel’s own father,  Benjamin Emanuel was really a member of a terrorist organization, the Irgun, but for Islamophobes such a link would never be an issue.

Updated Edit 7/18/12: As commenters pointed out Mayor Emanuel was not a member of the IDF, but a civilian volunteer. His father’s name is not Ari (Emanuel’s brother) but Benjamin Emanuel, who was a member of the Irgun.

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  • Dave

    Garibaldi,
    Please go spread the same word for the Christians who are persecuted in Muslim lands. Be glad you live in a country that accepts all, oh well if a few people dislike your presence. I am sure their are those you dislike as well.

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  • khushboo

    Fun Fact:

    Michelle Bachmann is linked to HSBC who’s linked to terrorists!

    (h/t: Daily Show with Jon stewart)

  • Géji

    @Moody remark: “I fear that as log as the muslim world (‘Arab winter’) keeps producing fascists leaders as Morsi, Amadinejad, Nasrallah, Erdogan, Al Sadr, Omar al-Bashir, ‘Islamophobia’ will be a major ‘problem’ in the west.

    Aside from the remark “fascists” where such word became so cheesy and lost its initial appeal that even the inventors of fascism don’t want anything to do with it, repudiating their invention and trying to stick it to next guy, nonetheless I do agree with the rest of you remark Moody!

    Picture this, if the Muslim world has produced the likes of Bushes, Blairs, Remsfields, Cheneys and so on, don’t you think few in the “west” would have the time or the opportunity to freely vomit Islamophobia and spread the residues of hate in thy neighborhood? Don’t you think the likes of you by now would either be trying to avoid being sent six feet under by the precious help of well spread, carpeted and raining at the same time bombs? or why even bother taking such effort themselves terrorizing you with those, when all they would have done would have been to acquire a remote control that guides the latest in vogue and indiscriminate assassin in town – i.e., the drone robots that would have pulverized you, your family and thy neighbours into extra lean pieces of ground meat! And if you were somehow lucky enough to survive all of those, don’t you think you’ll be doing all you can possible to stay in your hole, as very low possible and totally quiet in order to avoid been caught *alive* put into orange jump suit, shifted somewhere in a desert, locked up in a dark cage as the dog they think of you, to never see the light of the day – except maybe to torture the crap out of you once in while, just so that your pain-filled howls would entertain the Muslim “soldiers”!

    Now tell me Moody, how would you and your kind be able to think Islamophobia under those boots so joyfully crushing you into pieces, wouldn’t you be instead busy running like a headless chicken for your life trying to avoid bombs, drones (or if lucky cages) that are after your bones and meat so that you don’t become the next fresh dinner, easily chewable and swallowable for the next four legged or flying creatures that pass around? Tell me, how in the world would you be able thinking Islam-o-phobia, cause then I would totally get your phobia!

  • Ahmed

    @Moody

    Sorry scumbags like Mubarak and Ben Ali will never be in power again.

    Nasrallah and Al Sadr are heroes and protect their countries from zionist terrorist occupation.

    I fear that as log as israel keeps producing fascists leaders like Sharon and Netanyahu ‘antisemitism’ will continue.

  • Moody

    I fear that as log as the muslim world (‘Arab winter’) keeps producing fascists leaders as Morsi, Amadinejad, Nasrallah, Erdogan, Al Sadr, Omar al-Bashir, ‘Islamophobia’ will be a major ‘problem’ in the west.

  • Sir david

    Shhhhhhhhh it’s a top secret plan . Don’t tell anyone

    Sir David

  • Glorfindel

    This is how we Mooslimes will take over – LQTM.

  • Al

    The sad thing is that in defense of themselves, American Muslims often times retreat from the public sphere completely, and allow Islamophobic naysayers to dictate who they are and how they (don’t) fit into the greater American identity. American Muslims could learn a lot from their American Jewish brethren and become more vocal/involved. At the same time, the paradox is: Why do American Muslims have to show other Americans who we really are, that we are relatively not all that different from them? Education is the key. And political involvement, but primarily public education, which the naysayers will undoubtedly call stealth jihad/ creeping sharia/ moozlamic conspiracy…

  • @Garibaldi,

    Responding to what I wrote about a Muslim President, you wrote,
    ———————————————————————
    Oh my! Im sure they would double down and use it as a source of more funding..
    ———————————————————————

    Actually come to think about it, if we ever live to see that day, it will probably mean that we’ve driven their anti Muslim belief system so far to fringes of society that won’t even be that Much of a source for new funds for them. I’d be more afraid of one of the remaining Islamophobes trying to murder the president at that point.

  • Lawrence of America,

    Responding to me You wrote,
    ————————————————————————-
    If only we could get the saudis to offer a few billion to romney’s superpac with the caveat he had to convert..we would see right wing heads explode in such unison it may break a hole in the time space continuum, in which case we could go back in time and prevent 9-11 from ever happening, depriving the loons of a, to use Natanyahu’s words “beneficial” Raison d’être
    ————————————————————————-

    But than no one remember Robert Spencer or Pamela Geller’s heads exploding. Not sure it would be worth it. LOL! : )

  • juju

    “The most ironic and surreal part of all this is the true missed terrorist link: Mayor Emanuel’s own father, Benjamin Emanuel was really a member of a terrorist organization, the Irgun, but for Islamophobes such a link would never be an issue.”

    islamophobes only find links that work to their agenda. god forbid they try to be honest!

    Great piece!

  • Garibaldi

    @Critical,

    Oh my! Im sure they would double down and use it as a source of more funding..

  • Lawrence of America

    @CriticalDragon1177 If only we could get the saudis to offer a few billion to romney’s superpac with the caveat he had to convert..we would see right wing heads explode in such unison it may break a hole in the time space continuum, in which case we could go back in time and prevent 9-11 from ever happening, depriving the loons of a, to use Natanyahu’s words “beneficial” Raison d’être

  • @Garibaldi

    one can easily imagine how people like Geller, Spencer, Bridget, et-al would behave if we had someone who was openly a Muslim, and ran for the presidency and won, and wasn’t a Zhudhi Jasser useful idiot. Just imagine….

  • Garibaldi

    @Lawrence of America,

    That was easy wasn’t it!? This game needs to be made harder.

  • Lawrence of America

    @garibaldi
    Kevin bacon was in JFK with John Candy
    who was in rookie of the year with gary busey
    who was in rough riders directed by john millius
    who is close friends with Congressman Dana rohrbacher
    who was a representative for the reagan admin liasoning with the mujihadin in afghanistan of which osama bin laden belonged.
    Is that only four degrees? do I win or lose?

  • Garibaldi

    @LivingEngine,

    Lets for a second enter your world, and say that the IAP was somehow linked to fundraising for Hamas in 1991. This was pre-Second Intifada, pre-suicide bombing (1993) and pre-Terrorism designation (1993). OK, those are facts, lets not let them get in the way. Now, Nihad Awad who is the director of CAIR has not been convicted of anything, he lives freely in the United States. Again facts. You likely believe this is because the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated our government? But Awad was also free under your favorite president W. Bush, and Clinton, and even the first Bush!

    Most importantly, I don’t see the name Ahmed Rehab in your comment, so when you’re done with your 6 degrees of tendentious terrorism associations please come back, until then please explain how Kevin Bacon is Osama Bin Laden linked.

  • livingengine

    ” . . .(they never provide real evidence of Hamas links)”- Garibaldi

    Well, here is your evidence.

    Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP) was an organization accused of raising money in the United States for Hamas.

    Founders included Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, funder and 1989 member of IAP Board of Directors

    Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook is a Palestinian senior member of Hamas.

    CAIR was founded in June 1994 by three former officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP)—Omar Ahmad (IAP President; became CAIR President), Nihad Awad (IAP PR Director; became CAIR Secretary & Treasurer), and Rafeeq Jaber (IAP Chicago Chapter President; became CAIR Vice President).

    Feel free to dispute this. There is plenty more where this came from.

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  • mindy1

    ZOMG Muslims are participating in American life!!!! 😯 what a dastardly way to take over/sarcasm 😉 They complain when they don’t participate, and they complain when they do, they can’t win 🙄

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  • Just Stopping By

    @Garibaldi: This is a great piece, and Rahm Emanuel should be applauded for this. I think you did a fine job pointing out how Islamophobes are going nuts over something silly. [Thanks for pointing out the errors, I’ve updated the article with necessary edits–Garibaldi]

  • Aasim

    [Thank you Aasim your point has been noted and reflected in the article update–Garibaldi]

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