“Some of the right, even Scott Brown up in N.H. is talking about Islamic terrorism. They always throw in the world Islamic making an ethnic thing. He said I’m not going to let it become an ethnic thing. It’s the terrorism I’m against not Islam. Made that point strong.”
“[I]t’s that kind of conversion process — people into People — that led, this week, to the public fears that the bombers would turn out to be Muslim. It’s the process that led, two days ago, to headlines like “In Boston Bombing, Muslims Hold Their Breath” and “For Muslim Americans, Boston Bombings Bring Added Anxiety” — and that led, this morning, to stories about Muslim leaders now “fearing a backlash.” The sad assumption carried in these reports is that Americans lack the intellectual equipment and moral imagination to tell the difference between an individual and a group. It’s an assumption that has, in the past, occasionally proven valid.”
“We are once again in the midst of the 9/11 nostalgia mill…
We’re a nation that’s comfortable hating all of Islam and fights against mosques being built within a certain proximity of Ground Zero. And by a certain proximity, I mean within the continental United States. And now we’re a nation with a media that wants to trot out the old stories, all that ‘where were you when the planes hit’ stuff? ‘Remember that crazy day’ stuff? Like we’re in AA telling each other our stories.”
“[Norwegian Mass Murderer Anders Behring] Breivik has many ideological fellow travelers on both sides of the Atlantic. Theirs is the poison in which he refined his murderous resentment. The enablers include … Republicans like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Representative Peter King, who have found it politically opportune to target “creeping Shariah in the United States” at a time when the middle name of the president is Hussein.”
“The far right is what I call the hate wing of the Republican Party. They‘re overrepresented in primaries. And, of course, when elections come along, they generally don‘t win.
But they can cause enormous trouble in the primaries. They hate Muslims. They hate gays. They hate immigrants.”