During an appearance on Fox News with Sean Hannity Monday night, right wing hack Ann Coulter lambasted immigration reform and went on to say that she would like to see the alleged Boston bomber’s widow in jail too, but not for committing a crime but for “wearing a hijab.” No she wasn’t joking. And she’s not alone. A McCarthy-style witch hunt of epic proportions has begun, while right wing terror which is on the rise is dismissed.
Coulter said, “I don’t care if she knew about this. She ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab. This immigration policy of us, you know, assimilating immigrants into our culture isn’t really working.”
Raw Story reports,”Hannity went on to say that he believes people who immigrated “from countries where perhaps they grew up under Sharia law” are definitely a threat and “I think we can make a safe assumption that they have been radicalized.” He added that even foreign students should be subjected to greater scrutiny, lest they too pose a threat.”
Immigration reform talks are now being stalled by Republicans because of the Boston Bombings.
There’s something disturbingly wrong with these people.
Laura Ingraham said on her show Monday that she’s long believed the United States should shut down all immigration from central Asia and any nation with a majority Muslim population.
TPM reports, “Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) argued Monday for racial profiling of “young Muslim men” in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, including adding profiling to the United States’ immigration process.”
Fox contributor Erik Rush promptly took to his Twitter account in reference to Muslims, “Yes they’re evil, kill them all!”
The following tidbit of information has gone ignored. I can’t imagine why.
56 percent of terrorist attacks and plots have been perpetrated by right-wing extremists, 30 percent by eco-terrorists and 12 percent by Islamic extremists. The Southern Poverty Law Center recently reported the highest number of extremist hate groups ever recorded in U.S. history, with the sharp rise attributed to massive growths in white supremacist, anti-immigrant and radical anti-government groups. Anti-Muslim hate groups have also increased by 300 percent.
Further into Salons’ article, the author writes, “This raises the legitimate question: What’s the difference between the “terrorism” of the Tsarnaev brothers and the “lone radical” violence of white supremacist Wade Page, who shot and killed six Sikh Americans at their temple? What are the definitions and standards for “terrorism”? Who decides?”
CNN reports, “A report from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point released in January found that, “In the last few years, and especially since 2007, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of attacks and violent plots originating from people and groups who self-identify with the far-right of American politics.”
From 2002 to 2007, only nine right-wing extremists were indicted for their roles in politically motivated murders and other types of ideologically motivated violent assaults. But between 2008 and 2012, the number mushroomed to 53, according to data collected by the New America Foundation.
…Fifteen right-wing extremists were indicted in 2012 — including six who were involved in a militia in Georgia that accumulated weapons, plotted attacks on the government and murdered a young U.S. Army soldier and his 17-year-old girlfriend, who they suspected were planning to rat out the group to authorities. Seven claimed membership in the anti-government Sovereign Citizens movement and allegedly murdered two policemen in Louisiana. And two had gone on a murderous rampage the previous year, killing four people before they were arrested in California, where they told police they were on their “way to Sacramento to kill more Jews.”
By comparison, in 2012, only six people who subscribed to al Qaeda’s ideology were indicted on terrorism-related charges in the United States, confirming the trend of the past four years, which is a sharp decline in such cases that has been documented by the authors in previous pieces for CNN.com.
It’s about time that politicians who are quick to talk about the threat posed by al Qaeda began paying attention to the shifting nature of the threats.
I suggest that if fundamentalists are at issue then the extreme faction of the right wing ‘self-deport’ in order to leave our shores less terrorized. Of course, I’m not saying that America does not have an extremely ominous relationship with radical Muslims. And of course, ‘self-deport’ was written with sarcasm in order to make a point.
A corporation (a person) whose fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas — which could have been easily avoided — caused at least 14 deaths and injured more than 200, and obliterated the surrounding residential area in the Red ‘hang ’em high’ state of Texas, will never see death row.
But let’s only talk about the extreme faction in the Muslim faith, right?