From Salon.com this morning:
Giuliani was also hurt when the co-chair of his veterans’ campaign in New Hampshire, John Deady praised Giuliani for being able to stop “the rise of the Muslims,” an effort necessary to continue, he said, until “we defeat them or chase them back to their caves, or, in other words, get rid of them.” When asked if he was really condemning all members of the religion, Deady replied, “I don’t subscribe to the principle that there are good Muslims and bad Muslims. They’re all Muslims.” Deady was forced to resign after a video of his remarks was put on the web by the Guardian. Other Giuliani advisors have had some bigoted things to say about Muslims as well. Rep. Peter King of New York complained that “unfortunately we have too many mosques in this country.” Daniel Pipes, a professional Islamophobe advising Giuliani, once said it would be dangerous to let American Muslims vote.
You know how, like, William Donohue of the Catholic League goes mental every time somebody makes a movie that suggests that the church may possibly have done some naughty things in its time? One could assume that, as crazy as “Fragile Willie” is, his anger stems from a fairly reasonable fear that somebody could see the movie and think “all Catholics are like that.” For the record, 99.99% of priests aren’t predators, most albinos are nice, and there’s quite a wide berth between the Crusades and the Maryknoll Martyrs.
Here, then, are three hypothetical questions that popped into my head:
1) Why is it okay for anyone to insinuate that, say, Mohammed Atta had the same dreams and goals as, say, Kareem Abdul-Jabar?
2) Why have I never read a headline that says RUDY HIRES CRACK POLITICAL TEAM OF RACIST JERKS?
3) Where’s your false outrage now, Willie D?