Week In Review: American Jihad?
ISIS wants a holy war with America. Fox News and the wingnut brigade are aching to give them one. Will those who’ve learned nothing from history doom the rest of us to repeat it?
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has outraged the world with suicide bombings, and videos depicting the brutal executions of its captives. This was after ISIS claimed that it would humiliate American soldiers and “raise the flag of Allah” over the White House. What ISIS really wants, of course, is a religious war that fulfills its apocalyptic theology, and also serves as one hell of a recruiting tool.
So, naturally, Fox News wants to give ISIS a “holy war.”
To make matters worse (if you’re a wingnut), the Obama administration is not about to embrace a “holy war.” Wingnuts howled when President Obama made it clear at Wednesday’s White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism,” that “We are not at war with Islam.”
They try to portray themselves as religious leaders—holy warriors in defense of Islam…and they propagate the notion that America and the West, generally, is at war with Islam…
We must never accept the premise that they put forward because it is lie. Nor should we grant these terrorists the religious legitimacy that they seek.
They are not religious leaders, they’re terrorists. And we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.
“We spend more time, more time talking about what you call it, as opposed to what do you do about it, you know?” Holder said during an appearance at the National Press Club. “I mean really. If Fox didn’t talk about this, they would have nothing else to talk about, it seems to me.”
The usual suspects rushed forward to prove him right.
- Potential 2016 presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal joined other at a “Defeat Jihad Summit,” that was meant to be a wingnut alternative to the White House summit.
- Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani ruined a quiet dinner, where anti-tax Republicans vetted Wisconsin governor Scott Walker as a potential presidential candidate, when he made headlines by declaring, “I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America… He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me.”
- Fox News gave Giuliani a safe place to explain that he was “taken out of context.”
- Scott Walker was smart enough not to comment.
- Bobby Jindal told Time magazine, “The gist of what Mayor Giuliani said … is true.”
- Republican Arkansas state Senator Jason Rapert suggested in a Facebook post that using nuclear weapons against ISIS is the best way to “turn things around” and “annihilate” the terrorist group.
- In an interview with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg, Judicial Watch founder and right-wing activist Larry Klayman said President Obama “can’t even swear to the Constitution,” because “everything he does nearly is based on favoring his own people, which is Muslims and African Americans.”
- Speaking of President Obama,right-winger E.W. Jackson told “Truenews” host Rick Wiles, “I don’t know if he’s mentally ill but I do know he does not think like most Americans think.
- In a Newsmax interview, Rep. Ted Yoho (R, Florida) said the US will lose to ISIS if we keep “taking God out of this country.”
Perhaps we should be grateful that the Republican Congress hasn’t gotten much done in its first session. Their counterparts at the state level have been busily engaged in loony-tunes lawmaking.
- Tennessee Republican state Rep. James Van Huss introduced legislation that would add the language, “We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God, our Creator and Savior” to Article I of the state’s constitution.
- Mississippi Republican state Rep. Gene Alday said he opposed increasing school funding because, “I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”
- Following calls for his resignation and defeat in the next election, Alday insisted he isn’t racist, because “it was late at night” when he made the remarks, and “it’s just a way of talking.”
- Kansas Republican state Rep. Brett Hildabrand wants to make fantasy sports leagues “real,” by classifying them as games of skill rather than a lottery, thus making them legal in Kansas.
- Oklahoma’s Republican-dominated legislature will vote on a bill to punish any local or state employee who issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- Oklahoma Republican state Rep. Dan Fisher introduced a poorly worded bill to ban Advanced Placement American History, and replace it with a course that includes the speeches of Ronald Reagan as required reading. Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said that AP history should be cut to stop “mindless liberal crap” from “trickling down to our kids.” Fox co-host Kennedy doesn’t even think there should be public schools.
- Georgia Republican state Rep. Tom Kirby introduced a bill to prohibit mixing human and jellyfish DNA.
- Kentucky Republican state Sen. C.B. Embry introduced a bill allowing students to sue if the caught a transgender student in the “wrong” bathroom.
Here’s the rest of the best of the worst in wingnuttia this week:
- Convicted criminal, adulterer and right-wing pundit Dinesh D’Souza called President Obama a “boy” from “the ghetto.”
- Former Saturday Night Live cast member Victoria Jackson didn’t get invited to perform on the show’s 40th anniversary special. So, she uploaded a new anti-Obama song to YouTube. Now we can see what we missed.
- Fox News host Megyn Kelly said that “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart made her cry.
- On Wednesday, The Daily Caller published a headline that read, “Kill All The Jews And When That Is Done Kill Those That Refused To Defend Them.” Co-founder Tucker Carlson shrugged it off, because the editor was “probably drunk.”
- Carlson was, however, grossed out by “50 Shades of Grey,” calling it “creepy as hell,” because it was marketed “only to women.”
- The Tea Party Network staff lost most of its staff in a mass resignation over the site’s “despicable practices,” and “contempt for the people who make all your financial success possible.”
- Now we know why Bill O’Reilly defended Brian Williams. Mother Jones magazine revealed that O’Reilly’s stories about his own war reporting were mostly fiction. Now O’Reilly is pretty pissed at Mother Jones.
- After misinterpreting a new report in income inequality, Fox Business host Stuart Varney lectured the 99 percent. “It turns out the rich have suffered more than you,” Varney concluded.
- Fox 5 San Diego accidentally portrayed President Obama as a prospective rapist in a graphic displayed during a report. But they aren’t issuing an apology.
- Fox host Steve Doocy said churches that encourage their members to get coverage under Obamacare are “violating the separation of church and state.”
- During a House Education and Workforce Committee procedure, Rep. David Bratt (R, Virginia) said “huge funding is not necessary to achieve the greatest minds and the greatest intellects in history,” because rocks.
- Fox News Host Elizabeth Hasselbeck said that America is “behind” because a high school physics teacher prepared a lesson plan on the lack of black physicists.
- An Arizona professor received death threats from neo-Nazis and white supremacists, after Fox News reported that he teaches a class on “the problem of whiteness.”
- Potential 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson said there should be no rules in war because, “Our military needs to know that they’re not going to be prosecuted when they come back because somebody has said you did something that was politically incorrect.”
- During a Newsmax TV Interview, Carson said that if Obama decides to “stand in the way, particularly to things that are vital to the security of this country, then I think we can start talking about treason.”
- “Trunews” host Rick Wiles envisioned “Barack Obama taking homes from middle class, conservative people and giving them to illegal immigrants who just came into the country.”
- Glenn Beck said “The Walking Dead” is so popular, because people know “we are now in the early stages of World War III.”
- Pat Robertson warned pregnant women against posting their ultrasound photos on Facebook, because if “some cultist gets hold of it or a coven” they might “begin muttering curses against an unborn child.”
- After a Washington state judge ruled that a florist’s refusal to provide flowers for a gay couples wedding violated the state’s non-discrimination statute, Robertson asked, “What if somebody wanted to marry his dog? She’s got to have flowers for that?”
- Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock suggested his court would strike down all marriages in Alabama, if federal court order striking down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage is allowed to stand. So, gay people won’t have to destroy the institution of marriage. Justice Murdock will do it himself, but he’ll at least let gays have the blame.
- RedState founder Erick Erickson compared gay rights activists with ISIS. “The divide between Islamic extremists and gay rights extremists is at death. They meet on the line at destruction,” Erickson wrote.