It's the question of our age: can you claim to love America whilst stomping on every ideal that created it?
I have to warn you, this story is disturbing. At a recent fundraiser for for the homeless held by the Orange County chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) several hundred Tea Party members and other protestors showed up to heckle the participants.
The public have every right to protest organizations and groups they don't like, but this protest quickly descended into scenes of jaw-dropping ugliness. The presence of small children did nothing to curb the chants being directed at their parents.
Some Republican politicians also showed up, including a member of Congress, to denounce, often in the most shocking terms, what was after all a peaceful and well-intentioned fundraiser held by their fellow United States citizens.
"We are one nation under God, not Allah," shouted one of the Orange County protestors . "Get out of here," she added, blissfully unaware the people she was shouting at were born and raised in the same California county as herself.
To this woman Muslims (all Muslims) are generally responsible for 9/11, and it wasn't a fundraiser in aid of worthy causes, it was jihadist training camp.
"You beat your women?" shouted one protestor. "You rape your children?" she continued, "why don't you go beat up your wife like you do every night?"
"They call it multiculturalism and it has paralyzed too many of our fellow citizens to make the critical judgments we need to make to prosper as a society," says Republican Congressman Ed Royce. No need for PC niceties, I suppose, when there's ~those~ people to fret over.
It's not hard to figure out where all the heat is coming from. Glen Beck challenged the first ever Muslim congressman in November to prove he was not working with our enemies.
Next week the House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King is scheduled to convene a Congressional hearing to investigate, wait for it, what he bills the 'loyalty and radicalization' of American Muslims. I very much hope King will remember that loyalty and radicalization is now, thanks in part to bluntly reactionary efforts like his own, very much a two way street in the USA.
If anyone tells you the Tea Party's agenda is purely fiscal, show them this:
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