Marc Ambinder wrote this piece about debunking the idea that the Republican party is abandoning the Bush idea of distinguishing between Islamic terrorists and the rest of the Muslim world.
Many prominent conservative Republicans never accepted President Bush’s statement that Islam is a religion of peace and that it is fundamentally compatible with American society.
38 percent of Americans in 2006 said they would never vote for a Muslim for president, just about the number who said they would never vote for a gay person. In December of 2004, Cornell released a survey showing that half of Americans consciously told a pollster that they would favor a curtailment of civil rights for Muslims. About 40 percent of Republicans had explicitly anti-Muslim views in the survey.
Wow…sounds pretty intolerant, huh? Something sparked my memory and I went to the numbers. I find it interesting that there was a category of American who, if she ran for president, would likely lose to radical gay Islamist. That universally despised group?
One shudders to think of what they’d build in the shadow of the sacred, hallowed ground of the World Trade Center. Maybe it’d be something like this:
Many come to the scene of the worst terrorist attack on American soil to pay tribute to pain and unspeakable tragedy…If they’re so inclined, they can also buy porn, play the ponies and take care of all manner of personal business…
…the Pussycat Lounge, a strip club where a photo of a nearly naked woman marks its location just two blocks from where the World Trade Center stood. Or the Thunder Lingerie and peep show next door, where the marquee sports an American flag above a window display of sex toys and something called a “power pump.”