Posted by on August 01, 2012 in Blog
Over the past few days, POLITICO has been doing an exceptional job covering a number of the key issues we deal with on a daily basis and which affect our community politically and socially. Among others, POLITICO has covered the fallout of the Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy, Mitt Romney’s latest trip to Israel, and how Islamophobia is factoring into certain congressional races. We encourage you to read the following articles which are extremely informative, and shed light on the some of the arguments being used to characterize these larger issues.
Romney in Israel
During Romney’s recent trip to Israel, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee made extremely offensive comments about his take on why Israeli/Jewish culture is superior to Palestinian/Arab culture:
"As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality"
“And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things."
It’s quite clear where Romney got these extremely inflammatory comments from. Check out our analysis in the latest edition of countdown.
Read more at POLITICO: Mitt Romney comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians (7/30/2012)
Islamophobia in Politics
We’ve all heard of the opposition to the proposed Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, but until recently the controversy over the construction of the mosque remained a local issue. POLITICO reports that the mosque is factoring in as a central issue in a Tennessee Republican primary, where incumbent Diane Black is being tag-teamed by her millionaire opponent and a vehemently anti-Muslim activist for not recognizing that “there is a problem with Islam,” and because “she wouldn’t entertain talk about it [the supposed threat of Sharia law] in the campaign in 2010.” The opponent, Andy Miller, is not likely to win but his attack comes just in time for the influx of anti-Muslim rhetoric we’ve been seeing in the summer before election season.
Read more at POLITICO: Sharia law, super PACs roil GOP primary (7/29/2012)
Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood Obsession
Bachmann’s recent attacks on Huma Abedin, American Muslims and Arab Americans serving in government have been largely rebuked, and the issue has caused a deep schism within the ranks of the GOP. The majority of the Republican Party has dismissed Bachmann’s assertion that Huma Abedin is part of a Muslim Brotherhood-led conspiracy to infiltrate, control, and destroy the US government. GOP criticism of Bachmann has been commended by Administration officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (below), who is Abedin’s boss. There is, however, a contingent of GOP leaders and influential individuals who have defended Bachmann, blatantly exposing their endorsement of political posturing like Bachmann’s letter to the State Department about Abedin. In an Op-ed in POLITICO (below), Newt Gingrich makes the flawed case for why Bachmann’s allegations are legitimate.
Read more at POLITICO: Clinton defends Abedin, praises McCain (7/30/2012)
Read more at POLITICO: In defense of Michele Bachmann, Muslim Brotherhood probes (7/29/2012)