Sunday, August 29, 2010

Glenn Beck , Islamophobia & Mosques & Plight of the Roma In Europe

Muslims..." are here to kill us. If you are a good Muslim then your duty is to kill all non-Muslims"(Attendee at Beck's religious Revival in DC.

California Mosque Targeted With Anti-Muslim Sign: ‘No Temple For The God Of Terrorism At Ground Zero’
Posted by Faiz Shakir

and another anti-mosque anti-Muslim sign in Kentucky

And Glenn Beck's "Crazy train"

Far from being a civil rights icon, Glenn Beck has built his empire and fame in part by being a master divider along racial lines. Especially since the inauguration of Barack Obama on the eve of his Fox News debut, Beck has emerged as the media’s boldest manipulator of white racial anxieties, fears and prejudice. His willingness “to go there” has even earned him grudging respect from hardcore white nationalists who usually have little patience for major media.

Quote from article at Southern Poverty Law Center via Glenn Beck Has a Long History of Racial Mockery on the Radio -- His Civil Rights Talk Is Pure Fraud
Despite his lame efforts to try to capitalize on the MLK legacy at an upcoming DC rally, Glenn Beck cannot hide his deep-seated racism. by Alexander Zaitchik Aug. 24, 2010

and : Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor and taking back America for God - so it is a Religious Right & anti-Muslim anti-Obama rally

What We Saw at the Glenn Beck Rally in DC-Reason TV

On August 28, 2010, Fox News host Glenn Beck held his "Restoring Honor" rally at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The aim of the event, explained the lachrymose TV personality, was to "come celebrate America by honoring our heroes, our heritage and our future."

As the Washington Post reports,

"For too long, this country has wandered in darkness, and we have wandered in darkness in periods from the beginning," Beck said, at times pacing at the memorial. "We have had moments of brilliance and moments of darkness. But this country has spent far too long worried about scars and thinking about the scars and concentrating on the scars.

"Today," he continued, "we are going to concentrate on the good things in America, the things that we have accomplished - and the things that we can do tomorrow. The story of America is the story of humankind."

Despite the presence of former Gov. Sarah Palin and many Tea Party trappings, the event was not political, or at least not in any conventional sense. Rather, the speakers called for bringing religion into the public square and using it as the guiding force in all aspects of American life.

Glenn Beck's D.C. Rally Stirs Debate CBSNewsOnline | August 27, 2010

Television and radio personality Glenn Beck claims his rally on the Mall in Washington is not politically driven. But critics say Tea Party activist Sarah Palin's scheduled speech indicates otherwise. Wyatt Andrews reports.

also see video Political Rally or Religious Revival? CBS Aug. 28, 2010

MSNBC: Glenn Beck Ground Zero Ban Cenk Uygur The Young Turks insights of Beck

Also see;
Glenn Beck Goes Messianic at America's Divine Destiny Event Before 2,500 Screaming Fans Beck madness continues as he tries to launch another religious Great Awakening to shape American history. by Peter Mongomery at,August 28, 2010

About 2,500 screaming, adoring Glenn Beck fans packed the concert hall of Washington's Kennedy Center on Friday night to shower affection on their hero. Beck used the event, dubbed “America’s Divine Destiny,” to portray himself as an instrument of God prepared to lead America out of its spiritual darkness.

Beck, who seems to view himself in increasingly messianic terms,says he is helping to launch another religious “Great Awakening” that will shape American history and promised attendees that on Saturday they would be “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Divine Destiny was a three-hour mix of gospel music and patriotic songs from an “all-star” choir of local singers and dancers, inspirational exhortations for people and churches to do good work in their communities, and speeches by Religious Right figures about America’s need to repent for the nation’s sins and turn back to God.

(Read more of this article about the cast of characters who spoke at this rally)

California Mosque Targeted With Anti-Muslim Sign: ‘No Temple For The God Of Terrorism At Ground Zero’ by Faiz Shakir at ThinkProgress Via, August 26,2010

But in addition to acts of bodily harm against Muslims, the ugly and emotional Ground Zero debate has generated hate crimes against a mosque in California. The Fresno Bee reports that a brick was thrown through a window of the Madera Islamic center last Friday. There have been repeated instances of hate directed against this particular mosque. Signs have been left at the Islamic center carrying inflammatory messages, like this one:

The other signs left at the Madera mosque read: “Wake up America, the Enemy is here. ANB” and “American Nationalist Brotherhood.”

ThinkProgress has previously noted that there has been a spate of hate crimes against mosques in America. For instance, a mosque in South Arlington, Texas, was vandalized earlier this month. “The vandals also cut a pipe, allegedly thinking that it was a natural gas line.” Also, the Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Nashville, Tennessee was vandalized with anti-Muslim graffiti. And in a Jacksonville mosque this year, a pipe bomb was set off and a “tissue stuffed inside with white powder” was sent in the mail to one of the community’s local religious leaders.

Near Ground Zero, a Shameful Intolerance by: Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.August 26, 2010

The biggest problem dogging American politics and media isn’t a deficiency of expertise or a lack of good intentions. It’s a lack of courage. But there is courage out there — and it should be honored.

Kudos should go to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, who amid fierce criticism publicly defended Muslims who were looking to build a community center in lower Manhattan. Also to Fareed Zakaria, the Newsweek columnist and CNN host, for making a case for tolerance by returning an award given to him five years ago by the Anti-Defamation League. He did so after the Jewish organization released a statement on July 30 maintaining that the planned Islamic center, which includes a mosque, should be relocated because it is too close to the site of the World Trade Center.

The Anti-Defamation League’s reasoning for its stance was truly shocking. The organization argued, “Proponents of the Islamic Center may have every right to build at this site, and may even have chosen the site to send a positive message about Islam. The bigotry some have expressed in attacking them is unfair, and wrong. But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain — unnecessarily — and that is not right.”

Translation: Some people will feel bad if this center is built, and we need to take these feelings into account, even though Muslims have every right to build there.
“Your own statements subsequently, asserting that we must honor the feelings of victims even if irrational or bigoted, made matters worse,” Mr. Zakaria said in a letter addressed to Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Their awful decision to call for banning the Islamic center was shameful. Let’s look at some comparable cases using the Anti-Defamation League’s logic: It causes some people pain to see Jews operating small businesses in non-Jewish neighborhoods; it causes some people pain to see Jews writing for national publications (I frequently receive letters to this effect); it causes some people pain to see Jews on the Supreme Court.

So would the organization agree that we should ban Jews from these activities, so as to spare other people pain? No? What’s the difference?


The Europeans Xenophobia is spreading and the governments and those in positions of power and authority including the Media are pandering to the European bigots and racists. They are as mean spirited as many Americans -against refugees, immigrants, Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos, Hispanics.
For a moment two weeks ago Obama stood up and took a stand against intolerance and reminded Americans about their cherished freedoms including the Freedom of Religion.
Obama told the American people that Muslim Americans have the same rights as all other Americans.
So Obama decided to speak his mind concerning the building of a Mosque in New York near so called "Ground Zero"- so he talked about the importance of religious freedom in America.
The Islamophobes and cynical politicians and some in the media immediately attacked Obama who instead of standing his ground backed-down.
Reminds one of President John F. Kennedy and his attorney general and brother Robert Kennedy giving great speeches but then folding when pressured by the Southern and Northern bigots and their best friend J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI who was a racist with ties to the Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizens (counsels)
Then he undermined a moment in which he no longer was a partisan politician worried about political expediency but rather about what is right.
Being too fearful Obama back-tracked for political expediency. If the pressure is raised enough what other laws and principles will he willingly trample on to appease the GOP and the Far Right .

First they came for anyone who might be a Muslim or an Arab or Middle Eastern then those who protest against the immoral genocidal wars or those who are against torture and truly believe in human rights, civil rights etc all those things Government always seems to be against
Governments begrudgingly granted equal rights to various groups only after an extended campaign of protest and combating misinformation , propaganda, lies , embedded prejudices and bigotry and hate.

Now they go after the Muslims and the Roma and immigrants and refugees.
Once again the Aryan Myth and white supremacy and Eurocentric and supremacy is taking hold as it did in the 1920s and thirties when the majority of white Christian Europeans mistrusted or disliked and feared all who might be different Blacks, Jews, Roma, Asians the Yellow Peril and the Communists, the socialist, liberals , Unions etc.
First it creating dubious laws about women wearing head scarfs and then where Mosques can be built and which places that Muslims can live-meanwhile Germany and France are going after the Roma (Gypsies

So its not just Muslims that the European Right are concerned about but all those who are deemed in some way different than the "Real Europeans" as those on the right in the USA deem all those who are different as being Not "Real Americans"

Anti-Rom Measures in Europe Need to be Stopped Rene Wadlow Via Toward,Aug. 24, 2010

Wandering now from land to land

Who is there here to feel my pain?”

-- Younous Emre, Thirteeth Century Turkish dervish

In early August, the French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux announced that more than 40 Gypsy camps had been dismantled around France since President Nicolas Sarkozy had called earlier this summer for a crackdown on the camps calling them “sources of illegal trafficking, profoundly shocking living standards, exploitation of children for begging, prostitution and crime.” Some 300 Roma camps not on municipal sites organized for Gypsy or “Travellers” are to be demolished and some — the criteria for expulsion is not clear — expelled mostly to Romania and Bulgaria. The political motivations of Mr. Sarkozy are clear: to pander to the anti-immigration Right — basically the voters of the National Front — who have long had an anti-immigrant platform.

However, there have been anti-Rom measures in Germany where some 12,000 Rom are to be deported to Kosovo, in Italy where a “state of emergency” had been declared on the basis of fear of Rom immigrants, as well as in Belgium.

These measures come in the middle of a European Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005-2015) called by European Union officials as “an unprecedented commitment by European governments to improve the socio-economic status and social inclusion of Roma” although public awareness of the Decade is probably not high.

...The Rom face a wide range of often interrelated problems: citizenship, political participation, racially-motivated violence, poverty, unemployment, and an image which arouses ancestral fears of Gypsies. Governments and Rom NGOs need to work together to provide decent living conditions based on non-discrimination and fundamental rights.

A major difficulty is that the states with large concentrations of Rom such as Romania and Bulgaria have limited financial resources, and the Rom have little political influence in order to get their share. In Western Europe, the Rom are the easily identified “tip of the iceberg” of the larger issue of migration and integration as globalization has made the barriers separating different countries ever more permeable.

As Hannah Arendt has written “The individual who has lost his place in the political community risks to drop out of the boundaries of humanity.” The confrontation between nomad and sedentary peoples is an old one, always present in different forms and in different places. Compassion and political imagination are needed. Managing migration in a changing global environment is a crucial issue. The Gypsy camps are a text of a society’s ability to mediate between the universal nature of human rights and the protection of the cultural traits of a people.

Ultraright, Neo-Nazis, Nativist are on the rise in Europe turning the clock back to the 1920s & 1930's prejudice and fears of anyone who is different.
Inside Story - Deporting France's Roma
AlJazeera August 29, 2010

and so it goes,

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