Islamophobia: Conservatives Say âYoung Muslim Menâ Are âOur Enemyâ<br />

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As soon as it was made clear to conservatives that the alleged Boston Marathon bombers had an association with Allah, the Islam-bashing crows of the GOP cawed like the thinly-veiled bigots they are.

Helping kick-off the latest round of Islamophobia is former Illinois congressman and racist in perpetuity, Joe Walsh, who argued on MSNBC that in the wake of the bombings, law enforcement ought to profile “young Muslim men” as “our enemy.” Walsh, who once called President Obama “son” and said he wanted to “pat him on the head,” also thinks we need to profile Muslim men with respect to our immigration process.

Walsh argued “we’re at war,” and  “not only should we take a pause, when it comes to our immigration, we need to begin profiling who our enemy is in this war: young Muslim men.”

As for those noting “that’s illegal, you idiot,” Walsh knows, but doesn’t care. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time a piece of paper promising equal rights and protections in this country were ignored on purpose.

And if you’re wondering why MSNBC is allowing someone to sound mighty Fox News-y on their network, fret not. Fox is not allowing itself to be bested at its own game. Fox News anchor and “John Cage” from Ally McBeal lookalike, Brian Kilmeade, has proposed bugging mosques and profiling Islamic men between the ages of 20 and 30, and has explained to Muslims that they “have to understand” all of this due to “the war that was declared on us.” By us, I assume he purposely plays ignorant to the reality that plenty of Muslims are simultaneously Americans too.

Meanwhile, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is more direct with his intolerance. In a recent interview with Politico, King claims that authorities need to put aside “political correctness” (and the law, apparently) and recognize America is under attack from a specific group.

King claims: “Obviously the main international base, the terrorist threats are coming from the Muslim community. There have been 16 terror plots against New York [since Sept. 11, 2001], all Islamist-based. We’re at war with Islamic terrorism. It’s coming from people within the Muslim community by the terrorists coming from that community, just like the mafia comes from Italian communities.”

See that last part about the mob and Italians? King said that to diffuse any notion that he harbors any ill will to Islam and that he’s simply calling a spade a spade. Heh.

Slate’s Joan Walsh notes King christened the Irish Republican Army as “freedom rights,” and at a pro-IRA rally in 1982, lamented, “We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry.”

Walsh hurled most of her anti-hypocrite rockets in the direction of 2016 presidential hopeful Rand Paul, who has already recanted his anti-drone talking points from months ago in light of recent events. But then he changed his mind again. And once more.

Speaking of future Republican presidential candidates, the undeclared, though undoubtedly future, 2016 GOP presidential contender and Capitol Hill version of Rap Genius, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), is echoing the likes of Walsh, King, and Kilmeade.

While pressed by Fox News host Neil Cavuto to address how the alleged attack by the Tsarnaev brothers might influence immigration reform, the subject of student visas came up. Why? You got me – neither brother entered the country via a student visa.

Nevertheless, Rap Rubio gave an answer: “I don’t like profiling anybody or singling or generally leading. On the other hand student visas are something this country does because it’s in our national interest but you don’t have a right to a student visa. I’m not prepared to take a firm position on restriction. I want to learn about what might have worked to prevent past attacks.”

In other words, Marco Rubio had the opportunity to say something substantial, something that could help diffuse the growing hysteria, but instead opted to pay it lip service with the whole “Duh, I don’t think you should do it, but uh, at the same time I’ll consider it.”

Currently on Fox News’ website is an essay entitled “Was Boston Marathon Bombers Mosque a Sanctuary of Hate?” I’d love to ask its author and all of the other aforementioned idiots why has there never been talk of bugging Christian churches considering Christians have collectively caused more deaths in this country than Muslims? Even with respect to recent history, why isn’t Joel Osteen being profiled over the Christians blowing up abortion clinics?

Perhaps at times maintaining political correctness can be to our detriment, but taking that advice from racists, bigots and hypocrites is a hard pill to swallow. 

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer