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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Religious McCarthyism Update

We have a couple of things to update you on in the right wing's jihad against all things non-Christian tonight, so let's get started.

NMSU handicaps itself to placate Jihad Squad

From The Progressive Magazine's McCarthyism Watch: Muslim-American Running Back off the Team at New Mexico State

That's right - kicked off the team for belonging to the wrong religion!

Let's take a deeper look at this miscarriage of justice, shall we?

Muammar Ali, NMSU'S BEST RUNNING BACK WITH 561 YARDS RUSHING has his career ruthlessly cut short by NMSU Head Coach Hal Mumme. Granted, NMSU is the laughing stock of the country when it comes to football, but you'd expect Mumme to be smarter than to put his team at a disadvantage for petty political/religious reasons, right? First, Ali is relegated to fifth string and disallowed from travelling with the team (after only one game) under suspicious circumstances. Finally, on October 9, he "received a message on his phone answering machine at his home that his jersey was being pulled and that he was released," according to a letter from his attorney. At the same time, two other Muslim athletes were kicked off the football team, presumably for the same reason that Ali was booted.

So what were those suspicious circumstances that led to this travesty? Well, apparently, Coach Mumme requires a recitaiton of the Lord's Prayer after each practice and before each game. However, Ali and his fellow Muslims prayed according ot their own faith after one summer practice, so the coach calls Ali into his office and "[questions him] repeatedly about Islam and specifically, its ties to Al-Qaeda."

Great, just great. Each and every last Muslim is a potential terrorist in the eyes of Coach Mumme. The only thing missing is Coach Mumme encouraging his Christian athletes to splatter pig's blood all over the lockers of Ali and their other Muslim teammates. Tell me again how the GWOT/GSAVE/G-WHATEVER isn't a crusade against Islam?

Frankly, I'm surprised that Charles Johnson and his Brownshirt circle-jerk crew over at Late German Fascists Little Green Footballs hasn't caught on to this story yet. I'm sure they could wax orgasmic over treating Muslims like pond scum.

Fortunately, we have an antidote for this poison.

Reform Judaism Leader Calls Religious Right on the Carpet

Rabbi Eric Yoffie just did a very brave thing in today's political environment - he spoke truth to power about the rabid rightists on the Jihad Squad (see here, here and here for excerpts).

Some of my favorite points from the speech:

  • The Jihad Squad believes that "unless you attend my church, accept my God and study my sacred text, you cannot be a moral person."

  • "We are appalled when 'people of faith' is used in such a way that it excludes us, as well as most Jews, Catholics, and Muslims. What could be more bigoted than to claim that you have a monopoly on God and that anyone who disagrees with you is not a person of faith?"

  • "We cannot forget that when Hitler came to power in 1933, one of the first things that he did was ban gay organizations. Yes, we can disagree about gay marriage. But there is no excuse for hateful rhetoric that fuels the hellfires of anti-gay bigotry."

  • "When they cloak themselves in religion and forget mercy, it strikes us as blasphemy. We need beware the zealots who want to make their religion the religion of everyone else."

  • But most importantly, "our liberalism flows directly from our religious commitments."

Of course, this all makes way too much sense for the Jihad Squad. I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that if the Late German Fascists ever find out about this, they'll call Rabbi Yoffie something akin to "a terrorist-loving, America-hating, [insert anti-Arab/Muslim slur here]-fellating [insert anti-Semitic slur here] who needs to go over to Iraq so he can play drop-the-soap with his butt-bumping buddy Osama."

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