I am disgusted with the xenophobic tone present in the comments of many of the GOP presidential candidates in recent weeks, and disheartened (but not surprised) that the trend continued tonight during the Republican debate in New Hampshire. These Constitution-toting candidates ignore the plurality inherent the opening lines of our Bill of Rights :”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Islam is a global religion with over 2 million adherents in the United States. American Muslims have contributed positively to every aspect of society; their cultural and religious practices by and large seek peace, justice, and truth. Fear-mongering does not strengthen America, diversification does.
Misinformation breeds fear, education breeds respect.
The bigotry espoused this evening is not solely related to the Islamic faith; I would be remiss if I did not remind readers of the anti-gay platform of Rick Santorum (so thoughtfully memorialized through the institution of the Google Search )
Note: I suspect this is just the beginning of what will be a campaign season rife with bigotry. I can’t seem to provide commentary as often as I would like, but please follow me on Twitter for more up-to-date, “as it happens” reactions. I expect the newsblog published by the Arab American Institute, Salon Magazine and others to continue to do an excellent job keeping tabs on candidates.