Thursday July 28, 2011
Chris Christie’s “Crazy Repellent”
It's not often that we're able to report on politicians standing on principle when dealing with the potent and popular Shariah craze. All too often it seems many politicians, especially on the right, have pandered to Islamophobic sentiments, bringing some degree of legitimacy to the completely absurd debate of whether or not Islam belongs in America. Yesterday, however, New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie stood by a decision he made back in January to nominate Sohail Mohammed, an American Muslim, to the NJ Superior Court bench. The move elicited a predictable backlash from the right-wing blogosphere, declaring that Mohammed's appointment constituted “more creeping Sharia!” and that “Chris Christie has a Muslim problem!” No other reason was cited to oppose Mohammed appointment other than his faith.
“It’s just crazy, and I’m tired of dealing with the crazies,” said Governor Christie. "It’s just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of things just because of his religious background. I’m happy that he’s willing to serve after all this baloney.” Chris Christie certainly deserves praise for sticking to his guns on this one and remaining steadfast in the face of bigoted opposition to Mr. Mohammed's fitness for the job.
In recent months, Governor Christie has garnered a great deal of media attention surrounding speculation of a potential run for President. The Governor has made it clear that he will not enter the race in 2012, but talks of a possible bid in 2016 have already begun.
Sohail Mohammed was sworn in on Tuesday. The Star-Ledger Editorial Board put out a great piece on this yesterday ending with the following: "Mohammed’s appointment is a badge of honor for Christie and New Jersey, but it also serves as something else our society and political arena desperately need: crazy repellent." I encourage you to read it.
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