“Values Summit” and Right Wing Boogeymen
It appears that the new boogeyman being pushed by the irrational right is the institution of Sharia Law. In America. Really.
This is almost as hilarious as the meme last year that Obama was going to secretly ban recreational fishing.
Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post describes how this terrible crime was revealed to attendees of the conservative “Value Voter Summit by no less a luminary than Newt Gingrich.
“Sharia as the new red menace?” quotes the twice divorced value voter on this important issue:
“We should have a federal law that says sharia law cannot be recognized by any court in the United States,” Gingrich declared, to a standing ovation.
We should also have a law barring witchcraft and wizardry in sports betting.
Later in the article, Gingrich asserts that “Stealth jihadis use political, cultural, societal, religious, intellectual tools; violent jihadis use violence”.
Gingrich’s very presence at a value voter summit (after cheating on two wives and leaving them when they were gravely ill) makes the whole thing more of an outrageous parody than it already is. However, listening to these people reveals a whole lot of their mindset.
Like an annual car show, the conservatives roll out their new models of boogeymen to scare the masses with — the better to distract from their pitiful legislative record.
Right Wing Watch also covered the event, which was sponsored by the Family Research Council:
Muslims Replace Immigrants as a Top Target
While previous conferences have portrayed unchecked illegal immigration as the most dire threat to America, this year’s speakers picked up on the right-wing generated furor over a proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan – the inaccurately dubbed “Ground Zero Mosque” – to make repeated bitter denunciations of Islam. Immigration was not completely ignored: Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, in a list of complaints, denounced the White House for being an administration “whose idea of a rogue state is Arizona,” and the Heritage Foundation sponsored a workshop on “The Real Cost of Illegal Immigration.” But the real energy was in attacking Islam, which was a primary focus of remarks by Bill Bennett and Gary Bauer.
The ridiculous new Sharia law canard joins a warehouse full of other gossamer constructs of the right, bolstered only by the hordes of mindless low-information voters — keeping them alive a la Tinkerbell through their expressed fears and nightmares.
Others we have seen:
- Death Panels
- FEMA Concentration Camps
- Socialist Takeover
- Black Helicopters/UN rule
- Obama The Manchurian Candidate
- Door-to-Door Gun Confiscations
- The North American Union
Clearly, the current anti-Islam trope is working for the right, and they are now able to float the bats–t crazy idea that there is a movement to institute Sharia Law in America.
What’s next? Are the big bad atheists going to outlaw Christianity?
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