Republican National Committee Slashes New York Muslim Cabbie

It wasn’t the 21-year-old Michael Enright who drunkenly slashed his New York city cab driver after asking ‘Are you Muslim?’

It was the Republican National Committee. From August of 2006, the RNC decided to demonize Muslims and Islam as a campaign ploy, to scare apparently easily spooked white Christians. In recent weeks, Newt Gingrich sharpened the blade by comparing Muslims to Nazis. Gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio asked if the Sunni Kuwaiti Sufi Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is on a good will mission to the Muslim world on behalf of the US State Department and was deployed in the same way by George W. Bush, is a terrorist in the employ of Shiite Iran.

The slasher was apparently “very drunk,” but what does being drunk do to a person? Makes them suggestible, lets primal emotions come to the fore. Newt Gingrich and Rick Lazio may as well have kept Enwright in their basements in chains and whipped him into a frenzy as to spew their hatred on the airwaves.

I don’t understand why Abdul Rauf doesn’t sue for libel (that was how the early 20th century Jewish community got industrialist Henry Ford to back off his similar campaign of ethnic vilification in the 1920s; unfortunately Jewish groups like CAMERA and the David Project are now actively involved in promoting anti-Muslimism, i.e. have sided with Ford this time.)

I have said for some time that the American Right’s scapegoating of ordinary American Muslims– Muslims who serve in the US military, die for our country, invest in our cities, find cures for diseases, save our children’s lives in hospitals– would eventually cause pogroms and get people killed. A New York cabbie came close to dying for the sake of the G.O.P. Tuesday night.

Shame on you, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Lazio, and Sarah Palin, and all the other hatemongers. You have blood on your hands,and will have more if you go on this way.


P.S. Hatemonger Michelle Malkin, who also has blood on her hands, says that Enright is not a Glenn Beck type. Of course it is irrelevant what type he is. The question is who created the social and political atmosphere that makes it possible for someone to ask ‘Are you a Muslim?’ and then plunge in the knife. The answer is that people like Malkin are responsible for that atmosphere. She should be ashamed of herself.

PPS: It turns out that we don’t have the slightest idea whether Enright is a conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat. He has been making a film on soldiers deploying to Afghanistan, so doesn’t sound like a bleeding heart liberal. He may have freelanced for some internet media organization dedicated to international understanding. I suspect that particular freelancing gig is over.

I repeat that it is the Gingrich’s and Lazio’s (and Malkins) who created the atmosphere in which this kind of incident occurs.

PPPS A commenter writes:

‘Paul says:
August 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm (Edit)

I was just following the discussion of this event on TPM, and saw something interesting: someone had posted Enright’s “likes” from his FaceBook page. One of those likes—the only one that I recognized as specifically political—was his liking of Greg Ball. I live in Brewster, NY, as does Enright, and have come to loathe Ball. He’s a conservative Republican who’s run for years on a strongly anti-immigrant platform. This election cycle he’s also the Tea Party candidate.

So there’s your Right Wing hatemongering right there. Plain as day.


Someone has edited Michael Enright’s facebook page since his arrest – Greg Ball was one of his likes yesterday.

I saw it and someone has put up a screen-shot here.

Greg Ball seems to specialise in a perhaps superficially reasonable but actually deeply inciteful discourse on immigration.

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  1. “The slasher was apparently ‘very drunk,’ but what does being drunk do to a person?”
    In vino veritas. Inhibitions are reduced, and the say and do what is really on their minds but may get suppressed when sober.

    “I have said for some time that the American Right’s scapegoating of ordinary American Muslims– Muslims who serve in the US military, die for our country, invest in our cities, find cures for diseases, save our children’s lives in hospitals– would eventually cause pogroms and get people killed. A New York cabbie came close to dying for the sake of the G.O.P. Tuesday night.”
    Usually the Jews are the “canary in the coal mine:” if you can get away with attacking the Jews you can move on to the next group. I’m not familiar with CAMERA and the David Project, but if they are in fact demonizing Muslims, shame on them–and they could be next. “First they came for the Jews…”

  2. Perhaps the Republicans who’ve been fomenting hatred so aggressively do, in fact, have blood on their hands. But really, how angry can you be with them? They, like sharks or pit bulls, are merely acting according to their nature. Spooking white Christians is the only way they know to win elections. Most of my ire is reserved for the Democrats, who have been almost uniformly cowardly, unwilling, perhaps, to be so openly hateful as Gingrich and Pamela Geller, but just as unwilling to risk alienating those same spooked white Christians (or, more to the point, their votes). Howard Dean, with his mealy-mouthed call for a “compromise” which would be nothing other than a capitulation to xenophobes and racists, is far more repulsive, in my opinion, than even the worst Republican provocateurs.

    • I have to agree. Democrats are spineless. They use every tactic to avoid the issue that they are the majority party. Oh, “we can stand up for the Mosque because of it’s polling populatity” or “we don’t want to withdraw from illegal war because we don’t want to tarnish our image of being seen as weak on defense.”
      I could go on, but they are so mealy-mouthed, and for Dean to try and defend his argument against Greenwald (the front of bus or back of bus Jim Crow bit) was just incredible. They threw him under the bus after the inauguration, and this is what Dean can muster up at this moment. Be sensitive to the families?

      What about all the Muslims in Manhattan fearing for their lives. Muslim women are scared of what’s happening, but let the families of the dead firefighters in Staten Island grieve their whole life, and then maybe in five decades, we can consider another mosque downtown. That’s what the constitution sought to eradicate.
      This fear has been brought to to fore, to scare Muslims away from this country. It’s why foxman and the ADL brigade of twenty midtown desk jockeys are taking the position of bigotry over intolerance.

    • .
      I am surprised to see someone on this site naming themselves “Eee Gay Farben.” Do other people think that’s funny ?

  3. A few days ago, I saw a picture of Newt Gingrich and, at first, thought it was Slobodan Milošević. Amazingly, that prompted me to realize that Newt Gingrich is using the same tactic that Milosevic used against Muslims. He creates fear tha…t they will come and destroy your world; therefore, we must do that to them first.

    I wonder how far this will go in the US.

    Bob Spencer

    • It already went too far and caused the worst, bloodiest and most inhumane war in modern history. Hundred of thousands of Iraqi children is way more than enough to say enough.

  4. Well said!

    The extent to which the Right has worked its followers (read pawns) into a frenzy is beginning to truly worry me.

  5. I agree with you that the sentiments which appeared to motivate the slasher are consistent with those sentiments espoused by Gingrich and others. Certainly, alcohol didn’t help the situation, nor does being very, very drunk in any way excuse what this man did.

    But the question that crossed my mind after reading this was that people who are not violent in their intentions already don’t go about with a knife in their posession. I have no reason to beleive this man was carrying a knife ONLY to use on Moslems. So, while his comments before slashing the cab driver fall squarely in the area of a hate crime, having a knife to do that with in his possession suggests to me this was a man preparing to engage in random violence – and not necessarily expecting to have the occasion to direct it at someone who practiced Islam. I will be watching to see if this man has any kind of prior violent record.; if he does, then I think we also have to credit that this man has been prone to violence for other reasons than ONLY islamophobia. Which doesn’t leave the Islamophobic right off the hook for whipping up hatred by any stretch.

    • .
      where I live, ordinary folks get permits and carry concealed firearms in their purses and in holsters under their jackets. Don’t read too much into a guy carrying a knife.

  6. I believe this is will be downplayed in the media. If this is a hate crime,
    couldn’t this aggressive drunk sue the political system? He was acting
    out of incitement from his wonderful national leadership.

    If it is a hate crime, I wonder how hard they will enforce his punishment?
    If this were an Israeli cab driver and this punk did the same, I feel the penalty
    would be twice as much. Call me crazy…even nutty, but don’t call me kooky.
    It will take time to understand how hate crimes modify existing crime statutes.

    • Yes if the slasher were a Muslim and the can driver were a Jew, you know what reaction we’d have had from the Repubs AND the Dems.

  7. Didn’t the Republican National Committee and most Democrats use the same fear to scare the American public in order to invade Iraq? Now they are accusing american imams of the same things.
    Who’s hand has the blood of the inocent Iraqis still being killed and injured?
    P J Crowly and Stephen Lanzo said it is Al Qaeda that it was responsible for the 13 bombs in 13 cities in Iraq today. So what did they accomplish in the last 7 and half years before calling it quit? And what are they trying to accomplish now by more hate and more blood?

  8. Well…I have never slashed anyone in my life but I did live in Manhattan on and off for nearly 40 years and most of that time I carried a knife. Had I ever been attacked by drunk Republican cab driver, I would have been prepared.

    Quite aside from being evil, Islamophobia is so obviously against the interests of the USA that one has to wonder if darker forces are behind this fomenting. Who would benefit from instigating a war between the USA and, say, Iran? Al Qaeda, obviously, but they lack the resources to be fomenting among clueless Americans who can’t tell their friends from their enemies except during NFL games. China, who seeks to hasten our eclipse? Banksters and their political tools, who need the dog wagged to distract everyone from their looting of the corpse of our murdered economy? Fox “News,” to pump up their ratings?

    It’s as if we’re all getting our pockets picked, and at the end of the day, we’ll have neither our wallets nor our knives, and no idea whom to blame.

    Aside from Muslims, that is. And maybe immigrants.

    • This situation has nothing to do with so called “Islamophobia”. You can tell when someone’s logic and arguments aren’t valid when the turn to “racism” or “xenophobia” or “homophobia”. It is simply labeling your opponent something bad to try and discredit them personally. It is insensitive to build the mosque or community center in that area. Also, the “Cordoba Project”, who is trying to build it, chose the name for a reason. If you care enough to check, look into what the city “Cordoba” means to musilms.

      • Are you really telling *me* to look into the meaning of Cordoba?

        It was the site of the tolerant Umayyad government of southern Spain, where Jews, Christians and Muslims freely intermingled and generally had good relations and extensive cultural and intellectual interchanges (the Christians there loved Arabic poetry and young men wooed Christian girls with it). Cordoba House is meant to evoke the positive aspects of that interchange, perhaps the most remarkable in the medieval world. When the Christians conquered Cordoba they imposed the Inquisition and made all the Muslims and Jews leave or convert, and blamed the Muslims for tolerating Jews. I don’t know if you can read, like books, but you might sit down with Maria Rosa Menocal’s Ornament of the World if you are interested in finding out what you are talking about.

        • Hear hear! Well defended, Professor Cole.

          The Andalucia period represented the very best of the Muslim Golden Age, before the Mongols appeared in the east and brought that golden age to an end. It was a period of religious tolerance that stands in stark contrast to the current Islamophobia in Europe.

          I seem to recall reading many years ago about an incident from this period, in either Cordoba or Toledo, in which a traveling priest had whipped up the local Christians to attack the Jewish community of the city. The emir responded by calling out his soldiers to drive the rioters from the Jewish Quarter, then arrested the ring leaders, flogged some, and crucified others outside the city gates, as a warning to those who would disturb the peace in future.

      • Tom, I will be persuaded the opponents of the Park 51 community center are not being Islamophobic when I see them calling for the removal of *all* religious institutions within two blocks (or whatever) of the former WTC properties. There are at least two churches that are closer than Park51 will be.

        As it is, opponents of Park51 such as Newt Gingrich and Glenn Beck manifestly have difficulty distinguishing their friends from their enemies. Al Qaeda, the guys who crashed the jets into the WTC on 9/11—the ones who consider themselves at war with the USA and ignore the Geneva Convention by targeting civilians—are bad guys. The Taliban—the ones who consider modernity, individual liberty, equality for women, and tolerance of all religions inimical to moral living—are also bad guys (not because of their beliefs but because of their attempts to impose them on others, not to mention their harboring of Al Qaeda).

        The good guys include those such as Shaykh-ul-Islam Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri—author of the 500-page anti-terrorism fatwa—and guys such as Cordoba project leader Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf—whom the State Department is flying to the Middle East to promote America by telling audiences what it’s like to practice Islam under our regime of religious freedom and equality. The good guys include the vast majority of American Muslims—one of the fastest growing Islamic communities on Earth—who by-and-large are here for the same reason we all are: a better life and more opportunities for their children.

        In case you missed it, on 9/11 the bad guys killed a bunch of these good guys, along with the rest of us Americans (partial list of Muslim 9/11 victims):

        * Samad Afridi
        * Ashraf Ahmad
        * Shabbir Ahmad (45 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and 3 children)
        * Umar Ahmad
        * Azam Ahsan
        * Ahmed Ali
        * Tariq Amanullah (40 years old; Fiduciary Trust Co.; ICNA website team member; leaves wife and 2 children)
        * Touri Bolourchi (69 years old; United Airlines #175; a retired nurse from Tehran)
        * Salauddin Ahmad Chaudhury
        * Abdul K. Chowdhury (30 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
        * Mohammad S. Chowdhury (39 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and child born 2 days after the attack)
        * Jamal Legesse Desantis
        * Ramzi Attallah Douani (35 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
        * SaleemUllah Farooqi
        * Syed Fatha (54 years old; Pitney Bowes)
        * Osman Gani
        * Mohammad Hamdani (50 years old)
        * Salman Hamdani (NYPD Cadet)
        * Aisha Harris (21 years old; General Telecom)
        * Shakila Hoque (Marsh & McLennan)
        * Nabid Hossain
        * Shahzad Hussain
        * Talat Hussain
        * Mohammad Shah Jahan (Marsh & McLennan)
        * Yasmeen Jamal
        * Mohammed Jawarta (MAS security)
        * Arslan Khan Khakwani
        * Asim Khan
        * Ataullah Khan
        * Ayub Khan
        * Qasim Ali Khan
        * Sarah Khan (32 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
        * Taimour Khan (29 years old; Karr Futures)
        * Yasmeen Khan
        * Zahida Khan
        * Badruddin Lakhani
        * Omar Malick
        * Nurul Hoque Miah (36 years old)
        * Mubarak Mohammad (23 years old)
        * Boyie Mohammed (Carr Futures)
        * Raza Mujtaba
        * Omar Namoos
        * Mujeb Qazi
        * Tarranum Rahim
        * Ehtesham U. Raja (28 years old)
        * Ameenia Rasool (33 years old)
        * Naveed Rehman
        * Yusuf Saad
        * Rahma Salie & unborn child (28 years old; American Airlines #11; wife of Michael Theodoridis; 7 months pregnant)
        * Shoman Samad
        * Asad Samir
        * Khalid Shahid (25 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald; engaged to be married in November)
        * Mohammed Shajahan (44 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
        * Naseema Simjee (Franklin Resources Inc.’s Fiduciary Trust)
        * Jamil Swaati
        * Sanober Syed
        * Robert Elias Talhami (40 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
        * Michael Theodoridis (32 years old; American Airlines #11; husband of Rahma Salie)

        Their blood is our blood; their honor is our honor. Our common enemies would murder an American Muslim if anything even more readily than other Americans, because the very existence of such a person contradicts their contention that modernity and Islam are incompatible. The fact is that modernity and the concomitant education (even for women) and individual liberty are grave threats to the “traditional” male-dominated Islamic hierarchy precisely because they are attractive to most Muslims on the planet (as well as most other people). And because genuinely “true” Islam—back when it first started—embraced human progress and knowledge. Islamic culture as late as the 9th Century was the most advanced on Earth, contributing breathtaking mathematical, medical, literary insights; in their hearts, the troglodytes know that while they have for 1000 years succeeded in distorting and crippling Islam, ultimately they are fighting a losing battle against human nature.

        Speaking of blood and honor, the heroic 9/11 first responders—including the 400 who died—put their lives on the line that day in defense of nation and our way of life. True to our principles, they did not ask anyone they were rescuing if he or she was Christian or Islamic or Jewish (as Michael Bloomberg articulately pointed out). It does these true American heroes no honor to invoke their memory in support of discriminating against a particular religion.

        So, Americans of all religions should be cheering for the Cordoba House project! Not only is it the right thing to do to support freedom of religion, but it is a stick in the eye for our common enemies! They attacked us on 9/11 in the desperate hope they could incite us into a new anti-Islamic Crusade, and thus turn the Muslim-in-the-street against the West and prolong their unnatural ascendancy. If our answer is to build an American Muslim mosque in lower Manhattan it will dramatically demonstrate that when they claim Islam and modernity are incompatible, they lie! Insofar as that action contributes to welcoming Islam back into the fold and enabling Muslims everywhere to embrace education and return to form with respect to their contributions to human civilization, it will be a good thing for America, a good thing for Muslims, and a good thing for all humanity.

        But if our answer is to descend to their level and discriminate against our own citizens who happen to be Muslim, then our enemies will not only have baited us into proving we are no better than Crusaders, but they will have tricked us into smiting ourselves a terrible blow against all that we hold dear and that the heroes of 9/11 died to defend.

        • Brad, calm down! Take it easy lady.

          If you want to cut & paste so much (I doubt you took the time to compose that bogus piece) then get your own blog.

  9. The guy worked for a left wing peace organization so of course it’s a Republican or right wing attack on a Muslim. Another day another frame job by the left.

  10. You do realize the stabber is affiliated with a pro-Park51 group, right? It’s amazing how partisan opportunists like yourself hysterically jump all over incidents like this in a desperate attempt to score cheap political point without first knowing all the facts.

  11. I have a quandary that I hope someone here will help me with. In Baghdad I have a good friend that I have been in communication with online for about 7 years. He is a Muslim with mixed Sunni-Shiite parents, and not particularly religious. Education and personal advancement have been his focus. At present he is employed as a Civil Engineer with an American company located in al-Basrah, but he has longer range plans to live and work in the United States. In view of recent events enunciated in this column and elsewhere, what do you think I should advise him to do; take a risk and follow through with his plans, or stay where he is close to his family and friends in Iraq?


    • Did you even read your own link? It doesn’t say Enright is known to be a liberal or a Democrat! He did some freelance work for some organization which tells you exactly zilch. And I wasn’t complaining about his party affiliation, I was complaining about GOP concerted hate-mongering, which remains the central fact here, not Enright’s biography.

      • Except for one small problem: There is no “Concerted GOP hate-mongering”.

        I’m a member, give regular donations, and do volunteer work for the GOP, and in all my years I’ve never heard half as much “hate mongering” as the left spews in just one day in just one column like this.

        The amount of hate, prejudice, distortion and down right lies being displayed here is amazing, and also highly amusing. The big, huge pot calling the nice shiny toaster black, as it were.

        When the left isn’t faking hate crimes, it is falsely accusing its political enemies of hate crimes.

        The Democrats are so racist that they decide which cases to prosecute based on the race of the victim, THEN they accuse every political enemy they have of racism.

        Ten thousand repetitions of “Catholic Pedophilia”, yet not one apology for the more than 100 times greater amount of child rape committed by Democrats.

        Yeah, justice, reason, civil discourse . . . we ReThuglicans mourn its loss every day.

        Next time you scream “hater”, all the heads turning your direction are doing so only to check you out, so they can remember that you are . . . a hater. Even more so for screaming “Racist!” You are basically self-identifying.

  12. I despise the current anti-Muslim campaign, but I think you’re jumping the gun. The guy might simply be delusional. You don’t know. So don’t say.

  13. Oh my gosh, really?? Is there no sense of personal shame here. You messed up and spoke from your biases before you knew the facts. Be a man and own up to it. How about this…there is hate and bias and violence all over the political spectrum, right, middle and left. Let’s allow that sometimes opposition to your position can be principled instead of assigning nefarious motives to it. Are you really that insecure about your own positions?

    • Yeah, really. I never said anything about Enright’s politics at all. What difference would it make what *party* he belongs to? The question is, who is creating the atmosphere in which this kind of thing happens. And the answer to that is perfectly obvious.

    • The Village Voice is still looking into Enright’s background, and he appears in fact to be a military buff making a film about deployments to Afghanistan. Malkin’s assumption that because he freelanced for a particular organization, that tells us about his politics, is what is irresponsible and hasty.

      • Irresponsible and hasty? Of course. She’s a propagandist and agitator not a journalist.

        Who is Michelle Malkin? The last I heard she was born in Philadelphia to two Filipino citizens who came on employer-sponsored visas. She was born in the US and thus became an American. What’s with her racism? Last I saw she’s not a pink/white American. Maybe she is following her heritage as a Filipina with any Muslim rhetoric — the PI certainly doesn’t have a very good human rights record in Mindanao or the Sulu archipelago.

  14. There are more than two varieties of people in this country. Not everyone is a “hateful republican” or a “spineless Democrat” and some of those people think for themselves, are not Islamophobic, but nevertheless oppose this Islamic Cultural Center. It seems like only the worst elements come to these anti mosque demonstrations and most people don’t want any part of it, regardless of their feelings on the subject.

  15. Please don’t overlook the potential role of PTSD/flashback from being an embedded reporter with a friend’s unit in Afghanistan for 6 months until May. The cabbie reports that just before he was attacked Enright said “Consider this a checkpoint.” Appears to be the downside of embedding and occupation – more American exceptionalism in practice.

  16. Yeah, blame it on those EVIL Republicans and Conservatives. Say, when one of us gets attacked, can we blame it on Olbermann and the rest of the lefty Progressives?

    What you think Democrats and Progressives aren’t ever racists?


    Hey Professor, what happens when Beck or some other pundit or Conservative you don’t agree with politically gets assaulted or killed?

    Can we blame you?


    • No, you can’t blame me because I only disagree with those people, I don’t lead campaigns to exclude them from public space on the grounds that they are pure evil and terrorists. I have said before that there are lots of honorable Republicans– Dick Lugar, Hagel, etc., etc. Does Lazio believe there are any honorable Muslims?

      • Hey Juan:

        Who exactly is leading these “campaigns to exclude them from public space on the grounds that they are pure evil and terrorists.” I would really like to know who has said that they can’t build the mosque. If you would open your mind and ears for that matter you would know that everyone is saying they do have the right to build. It is just insensitive to those who lost loved ones on 9/11. I would really like the names of these people!! Get the facts before you write another ridiculous article such as this.

        • Surf around the right wing blogosphere and forums and you will see plenty of names saying that. Surf around the Facebook groups and enjoy the no-racist-or-hate-mongering pictures and photoshops.

          I know you are ashamed of your fellow klanmembers, but saying that Prof Cole is lying when everything has been documented about this affair by a lot of blogs and forums is just utter stupidity.

  17. OK – well I think something of a threshold has been crossed here, with this attempted murder, and perhaps more importantly with the ensuing reaction from the US right.

    Watching Fox News today, seeing the racist comments on their it is clear the right-wing pundits and their audience are not going to row back now that blood has been drawn. As far as many of them are concerned, any harm that befalls muslims, any mosques burnt down will be the fault of Feisal Abdul Rauf.

    I don’t want to be alarmist, but a significant proportion of the American right seems to have a faith in militaristic policies and ethnic hatred which put them firmly in the Nazi tradition. These guys can not be entrusted with state power. I don’t want to be alarmist, but they’ll come after the “muslims” and the” illegals” and then professor they’ll be after you – for your “anti-American” views – and then almost everyone who reads this blog.

    I’m not saying this is inevitable – but you know, things are starting to look a bit like the Weimar Republic. The progressive and democratically-minded people of America need to come together in a hurry to put an end to these wars against muslims which are feeding religious and ethnic hatreds amongst your own population and which, if things continue to spiral out of control, are likely to have an even more fateful and disastrous effect on your own country than on the nations you have occupied.

    • Stephen Walt at FP drew deep comparisons with Weimar Germany a few days/week or so ago at:

      He was actually citing another scholar of that era, but was referring to the contemporary mood….PRE-cabbie attack. A number of parallels, but one difference (arguable?) was how German liberals/intellectuals basically threw up their hands rather than getting in a never-ending series of food fights with the nascent power of national socialism (Naziism taken most broadly).

      The takeaway was we’d really be in trouble if the Obermanns/Coles just said screw-it and took a hike for Costa Rica.

    • Wow! You all have stooped to a new low. Comparing conservatives to the Weimar Republic>>>

      Well, I couldn’t disagree more. Go read your history! At least in the Weimar Republic, social tolerance was more relaxed.

      And have we all forgotten so quickly that there are fanatic Muslim terrorists out there that want to destroy our country. There is no war on Muslims, only terrorists.

      This blame game is getting really tiresome. Talk does nothing but fracture people. And we wonder why unemployment is at 9.5%, housing sales are down 27% and our economy sucks.

      You all live under a different World View than we do. Have you ever even tried to understand it? You hurl insults and slanderous statements at us, yet, we often remain silent. Have you ever wondered why? You attack people personally and say some of the most hateful things I have ever heard – and no one holds you to account. To comment that someone needs to die, or worse…. 20 years ago would have never been tolerated – this is not progress nor an exercise in “free speach”. It is foul and disgusting.

      I am a student of history – and what I see in this government of ours is a repeat of what led up to the rise of events after the Weimar Republic. The events, if anyone cares to study them, and NOT from the “liberal” history books that are rampant, we all should be very afraid.

      Go and research what came AFTER the Weimar Republic. If this is the direction that our country is headed under current leadership, God help us all!

  18. I was just following the discussion of this event on TPM, and saw something interesting: someone had posted Enright’s “likes” from his FaceBook page. One of those likes—the only one that I recognized as specifically political—was his liking of Greg Ball. I live in Brewster, NY, as does Enright, and have come to loathe Ball. He’s a conservative Republican who’s run for years on a strongly anti-immigrant platform. This election cycle he’s also the Tea Party candidate.

    So there’s your Right Wing hatemongering right there. Plain as day.

    • Either I’m blind or the page has been altered, because I see no mention of anything even conceivably political at all in his “likes.”

      • Someone has edited Michael Enright’s facebook page since his arrest – Greg Ball was one of his likes yesterday.

        I saw it and someone has put up a screen-shot here: link to

        Greg Ball seems to specialise in a perhaps superficially reasonable but actually deeply inciteful discourse on immigration:

        (this is him in the New York State Assembly):

        “In broad daylight we had a mother and her daughter who were mowed down by a drunk illegal alien. Could they have been killed and mowed down by a drunk New Yorker – absolutely. But I can tell you that Arizona, being the very epicentre of this illegal alien economy there are many mums and dads that no longer have their children and there are many children that no longer have their mums and dads.”

        link to

        • How could his page have been altered? Isn’t Michael Enright currently in custody? Or do people in jail now have access to Facebook?

  19. I know this might sound a little too cynical- and maybe too pessimistic- but if you take a look at the last four decades, GOP has evolved more into the monochromatic party of ‘whites’; this trend started with Nixon’s ‘Southern strategy’ in 1968 and worked well for years to come simply because whites were the majority for all those years. But today we live in a completely different US today than in 60′s and 70′s; it is just sufficient to note that President Obama wins just 43 per cent of the white vote and still manages to pull off a landslide. If current trends persist, whites will no longer be a majority within a few decades and neither will the Republican Party be able to win any national election in the face of new demographics. In other words, the demographic clock is ticking against GOP and they are well aware of that.

    What I think is happening is that some elements in the GOP are trying to make electoral politics about race and ethnicity, and they do this in such a heated manner that they can mobilize and widen their base around that; indeed they need a higher share of the white vote today and they can only achieve this if they can create a narrative where it is ‘us against them’. This can eventually have a multitude of effects including:

    1- Establishment of a mob of ignorant uneducated bigots through which they can intimidate their political opponents and interfere with the democratic process in this country.
    2- Alienate minorities to the level of their complete marginalization in the political process.
    3- Stopping or reversing the demographic process which is currently against them by making US an uncomfortable- and preferrably dangerous- place for minorities.

    This can unfortunately stall the entire democratic electoral process and makes GOP-led US a country like Russia or Nazi Germany- although I think it is very unlikely- but when people like Sharron Angle talk about ’2nd Amendment remedies’ that’s precisely what some people inside GOP think about at this moment.

    I know that this strategy is unlikely to work and is therefore harmful for the GOP in the long run; GOP should instead try to outreach more to minorities as most mainstream rightwing parties in the West- such as Tories in UK do. I am certain that some elements in the GOP are looking forward to this more peaceful and more democratic alternative and in years to come, we will not only witness the escalation of fear-mongering by certain elements in GOP (like Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich) but also an internal schism and clash between these extremists and more reasonable forward-looking elements of the GOP. (We are currently seeing the beginning of this internal clash with Tea-Partiers making upsets in GOP primaries, but I think we will see more face-offs in the future- and maybe in 2012- which might tear GOP apart and give birth to a more mainstream conservative party and a fringe ethnocentric nationalist party.)

    • The end game is the disenfranchisement of an imminent non-white majority, just as it was in South Africa in 1948 and in Israel today. Years ago I heard about the extremist movement to repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments on the fringes of the far right. I knew that movement would be shepherded to the GOP mainstream by the same machinery that has mainstreamed so many insanities once held only by Birchers, and indeed GOP senators are now trying to hold hearings on ending birth-right citizenship based on the 14th Amendment. There is no reason to abolish those amendments unless you are trying to give states the right to exclude enough non-whites from voting to ensure white rule forever. That was what Jim Crow was originally about; all the segregated drinking fountains and baseball that the mainstream media continually rattles on about were merely side effects of an ideology manufactured first and foremost to keep blacks from voting.

      Now obviously wholesale disenfranchisement would lead to violent conflict, but once whites and blacks were shooting at each other, which side could then be designated as “terrorists” and then categorically denied the right to vote? Similarly, the wave of multiple laws designed to provoke and humiliate Arizona Latinos, citizen and alien alike, serve no useful purpose unless it is to escalate a race conflict that will harden all those Latinos into one camp that can be stigmatized as traitors and legally suppressed. If the goal had been to really stop illegal immigration, merely jailing employers for doing everything they could to hire illegals would suffice but that would ruin Arizona’s future as a caste-based economy. If the goal had been to merely weaken Latinos as a political force, Latino citizens and non-citizens could easily have been played against each other for decades. Instead, just as the new right-wing populism deliberately chose to offend and denigrate blacks and the man whom 95% of them voted for as traitors, the Arizona branch deliberately chose to unify all Latinos as an enemy.

      Why go out of your way to make all blacks, all Latinos, and all Moslems your enemy? Because you need clear boundaries and absolutes if you intend to circle the wagons of “real” Americans for the political equivalent of war, instead of the normal vague divisions that characterize a healthy democracy. The Solid South of 1876-1964 made a mockery out of democracy by waging this sort of war and it is foolish to think that such a strategy is too immoral to be tried again.

      • Well said, that’s exactly what I meant. But the sad thing is the lack of any political alternatives in US electoral politics today. It’s either Democrats or Fascists who have taken over the Republican Party, and if you are a reasonable person, you either choose inefficient cowardly D’s or you stay home and help neo-fascists take over the government.

  20. “Hatemonger Michelle Malkin, who also has blood on her hands, says that Enright is not a Glenn Beck type. Of course it is irrelevant what type he is.”


    “PPPS A commenter writes:

    ‘Paul says:
    August 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm (Edit)

    I was just following the discussion of this event on TPM, and saw something interesting: someone had posted Enright’s “likes” from his FaceBook page. One of those likes—the only one that I recognized as specifically political—was his liking of Greg Ball. I live in Brewster, NY, as does Enright, and have come to loathe Ball. He’s a conservative Republican who’s run for years on a strongly anti-immigrant platform. This election cycle he’s also the Tea Party candidate.”

    Of course, it took me about 15 seconds to see that this statement is false….but according to the author, “it is irrelevant what type he is”…..the author here is a walking contradiction…apparently, it is only relevant “what type he is” if it fits the authors agenda.

  21. […] The incident sparked immediate debate among pundits, bloggers, and blogger-pundits alike, as many tried to analyze whether the stabbing was not only a hate crime but a reflection of growing Islamophobia in America (Max Fisher over at The Atlantic Wire has a good run-down of the commentary). Juan Cole didn’t blame Enright (who apparently works for Intersections International, a New York-based “global initiative dedicated to promoting justice, reconciliation and peace across lines of faith…and other boundaries that divide humanity,” which had recently announced their support for Park 51, previously known as the Cordoba House, more famously dubbed as the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’.). Cole blamed the Republican National Committee. He wrote: […]

  22. “I repeat that it is the Gingrich’s and Lazio’s (and Malkins) who created the atmosphere in which this kind of incident occurs.” …Did they? or did they merely give voice to the dark thoughts of (too) many which were already there just waiting for the first person to to utter it aloud – to give it legitimacy ?
    Looks like the closet racists are ‘coming out’ …wonder what that parade will look like.

  23. Islam together with sharia law constitutes an misogynistic, homophobic belief system that expressly denies equality of law to all non-Muslims and women. People refuse to acknowledge this for the same reason they believed the emperor had clothes. While the country burns in the flames of deficit spending politicians of all stripes fiddle with this GZ business.
    Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
    John Kenneth Galbraith

    • Sure, and the Old Testament teaches that God will punish an entire country unless its people worship Him alone and expel or murder everyone who refuses to comply. So have I just described the essential, unchanging practice of Judaism or Christianity? The Old Testament also supports slavery, yet both sides in our conflict over slavery used the Bible to beat the other over the head. And the New Testatment has Jesus denouncing private property and wealth and demanding that his followers give away everything to the poor. Does that in any way characterize the behavior of Christian societies in the subsequent 2000 years? That goes double for his pacifism.

      • Try reading the Bible first, super390.
        Jesus NEVER said what you claim
        Jesus NEVER “denounced private property and wealth and demanding that his followers give away everything to the poor”

        Where did you get that BS, Wikipedia???

        • “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

          “Do not save riches here on Earth, where moths and rust destroy… for your heart will always be where your riches are.”

          “You cannot serve both God and money.”

          “Do not be worried about the food and drink you need to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food?”

          “look at the birds flying around: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest, and put it in barns; your Father in heaven takes care of them.”

          “But I tell you that not even Solomon, as rich as he was, had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers.”

          “Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, then come and follow me.”

          “Give to everyone who asks you for something, and when someone takes what is yours, do not ask for it back.”

          But the real question, zaxxon, is how you could be so confident in your ignorance of Jesus, when you claim that I haven’t even read the Bible. Which gospel were you taught? The Gospel of Ayn Rand? The Prayer of Jabez? The Theology of Prosperity uber Alles?

          Is this what American Christians are like now? I was brought up a conservative Southern Baptist in the ’70s and I knew these things. Have they been consigned to the memory hole in the Reaganite church?

          And worst of all, zaxxon didn’t have a problem with me pointing out that conversely, the Jehovah of the Old Testament was a murderous bastard who ordered his Hebrews to conquer innocent towns and kill and enslave their inhabitants and later to ethnically cleanse non-Jews from His kingdom. That didn’t bother him, but Jesus the socialist caused him to froth incoherently, and use an obscenity (the F in LMFAO).

          Perhaps the false Christs truly have come, as warned of in prophecy. Could they be any more disgusting?

      • Nah, Superduper dude

        the only “real wuestion” you pose with all the wuote you lift from the Bible is – Where do you get the idea you initially stated as FACT, followed by quotes that address neither the subject or the wuote you ORIGINALLY CLAIMED?
        here is what you CLAIM, yet NEVER back up with any evidence – Jesus NEVER said what you claim
        Jesus NEVER “denounced private property and wealth and demanding that his followers give away everything to the poor”

        but you can’t, or won’t answer to that CLAIM YOU MADE
        wonder why…
        oh yeah, it’s because YOU MADE IT UP OUT OF THIN AIR!!!

      • not only are you SILLY in never quoting the Bible to defend your notion that, as ONLY YOU claim – “The Old Testament also supports slavery”
        but you also CONVENIENTLY claim – “the New Testatment has Jesus denouncing private property and wealth and demanding that his followers give away everything to the poor”

        and as yet you have FAILED to cite any source for such BOGUS claims

        funny, really, when you consider all the quotes you lifted and yet NEVER responded or corrollate to the BS you preach you thin you know
        that is not only funny, it is rather convenient for you

    • Oh sorry, for a moment there I thought you were talking about Christianity, until you said Islam.

    • Oh sorry, for a moment there I thought you were talking about Christianity. So are you saying Christians are supportive of homosexuality? And I browsed around the right wing blogosphere and forums and you can guess what they say about women and their jobs.

  24. May God give patience to Mr Sharif and his family, heal him, and keep his hopes high in this most holy of months. May God bring him out of this test successful. Ameen

  25. If you think this is just a crusade against American Muslims only – you are mistaken!. This crusade against Muslims is a transatlantic effort – and as a result, the Netherlands, especially, is in real danger of losing its democratic and free society because of people like Pamela Geller and her anti-Muslim associates on the American right-wing.

    You should also know that Geller, along with other neocons, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes, David Horowitz’s “Freedom Center” – as well as members of Congress – have also been supporting and sponsoring anti-Islam Dutch MP-hate monger, Geert Wilders and his “Freedom Party” (PVV in Dutch). The PVV is a one-man party of Geert Wilders that advocates such policies as ethnic registrations, headscarf taxes, closing Muslims school, moratoriums on building mosques, shooting peaceful protesters – and changing the Dutch Constitution to place “Judo-Christianity and Humanism above Islam” – which would allow official and private discrimination against Muslims. Also – Wilders has refused democratic governance of his political party, which should give us some indication of how he would govern the Netherlands if he ever got his hands on the prime minster’s office.

    In 2009, Wilders was invited here to the US for several events, some of which were sponsored and participated in by prominent Republican and American right-wing “mainstream.” This also included speaking engagements to the National Press Club, Temple University, a private Senate screening of the Wilders film, Fitna, at the invitation of Senator Kyl. Recently, Wilders mad an appearance at the so-called “anti-Ground Zero Mosque rally.” The Dutch media, especially Vrij Nederland, has documented the extensive ties between Geert Wilders and right-wing groups, especially David Horowitz’s “Freedom Center,” that are believed to supply him with legal defense and funding.

    In the June 9th elections in the Netherlands, Wilders PVV party got 24 seats in the 150-seat Tweede Kamer. This has left the coalition talks to Wilders as “kingmaker” – and many Dutch people fear losing their country to this potential anti-Islam dictator. Given the policies Wilders wants for the Netherlands, we could expect to see persecution and oppression – and the the country would become essentially a rouge nation, along the lines of Slobodan Milosevic’s Yugoslavia – and some of Wilders policies against Muslims resemble those the Nazis brought against German Jews.

    Geert Wilders as Dutch prime minster would also spell the end of Dutch democracy – and this is being sponsored by the likes of Pamela Geller, David Horowitz, and many Republicans. What is also sad is that there are no federal laws that prohibit this kind of subversion of a long time US friend and ally. What Geller and her friends are doing to the Netherlands by supporting Wilders and his one-man political party should be regarded as a hostile act against the Dutch people and nation. It should also be criminal and be stopped!

    These efforts against Muslims by American neocons are transatlantic and global, not just American. There have been escalations in Islamophobic policies in Europe for about the past two years, and the most noteworthy was the ban on minuets in Switzerland. America is just the latest battlefront for these right-wing radicals and their radical, possible genocidal, polices globally against all Muslims.

  26. PPPS
    I wish inciteful were a word,but it’s not. I doubt you meant insightful.

  27. athEIst – That is a most inciteful comment. link to

    Re Michael Enright’s facebook page change:

    It is obviously going to be very difficult to prove a white, middle class person from New York could be an American-born anti-muslim terrorist. It is also highly unlikely he will be sent to Gitmo.

    There are a number of possible explanations of the changes in the guy’s facebook page.

    Clearly someone who has access to his account does not think it is a good idea for him to be seen as a fan of a right-wing anti-immigration politician. Whilst they are happy for him to retain his link to the multi-faith group.

    So who did this? Perhaps it will come out in court or Facebook let us know? Was his solicitor, Jason Martin, or his family given access to his account during a visit? Perhaps friends of his have or found a way to access his account?

    I hesitate to suggest that anyone else might have had the contacts to find a way to delete the offending words. I can imagine Assemblyman Greg Ball is quite pleased its no longer there.

  28. I think your causal chain is a bit weak. Because some people have a legitimate complaint about the triumphalist Cordoba Center being built near Ground Zero doesn’t mean they are “hatemongers.” There’s no climate of hate agains Muslims here. According to the FBI, there are over twice as many hate crimes against Jews as as against Muslims each year. There have been other mosques built in NYC with no protests from the right, so what makes this different? Think about it. And BTW, when liberal Obama supporter Amy Bishop took out almost all of the minorities in UAH biology department earlier this year, who’s fault was that? Newt Gingrich’s? Seriously, I know you guys are losing badly, but you’re flailing. It’s like your default retreat position is to immediately cry “hate” or “racist.” Look, I know that your politics are fundamentally about race. You people did, in fact, found the Ku Klux Klan. Twice. Every villain of the Civil Rights era–Orville Faubus, Lester Maddox, Bull Connor, etc.–was a Democrat just like you. You people invented Jim Crow. But, please, quit projecting your own deeply held racist beliefs on good decent conservatives. You’re welcome.

    • Steve, you wrote: “Because some people have a legitimate complaint about the triumphalist Cordoba Center being built near Ground Zero doesn’t mean they are “hatemongers.” There’s no climate of hate agains Muslims here…..There have been other mosques built in NYC with no protests from the right, so what makes this different? ”

      As pointed out several times, there has been protests against the building of mosques in other parts of the country, including in Tennesee, California and Wisconsin. And to get back to New York, one guy went to a mosque in Queens, started calling everyone there a terrorist and then urinated on the prayer mats!

      And you’re telling me that there is no climate of hate against Muslims?? Canyou explain these incidents??

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