This case is no different, where a woman who is accused of supposedly harboring terrorist sympathies is anything but. Samuel Freedman does an excellent job of deconstructing the lies the far-right have enacted simply because she is a Muslim. The fact that she did the following:
For anyone who bothered to look for it, Ms. Almontaser left a clear, public record of interfaith activism and outreach across the boundaries of race, ethnicity and religion. Her efforts, especially after the Sept. 11 attacks, earned her honors, grants and fellowships. She has collaborated so often with Jewish organizations that an Arab-American newspaper, Aramica, castigated her earlier this summer for being too close to a “Zionist organization,” meaning the Anti-Defamation League.
Ms. Almontaser has twice been profiled on Voice of America as an accomplished Muslim American. Her son, Yousif, spent several months on rescue efforts at ground zero as a member of the Army National Guard. Four of her nephews and cousins have served in the United States military in Iraq.
mattered nothing to these Islamophobic bigots, not even the fact that her family members FUCKING SERVED IN IRAQ! They had more guts to fight a war than these armchair generals have done. Then again, they slandered John McCain and Senator John Kerry (politics withstanding, you should never slander those who had enough guts to serve their country). She has done more to promote tolerance and respect for all yet what do these anti-Islamic scumbags accomplish? Breeding more hate for the sake of generating more hits for their pathetic blogs in which they spread their malicious lies to impressionable Americans.
These so-called "defenders of democracy and freedom" are truly the scum of this country. They are the reason why this country is so fucking polarized that their patriotism is in question. Not even Jon Stewart of the Daily Show is is immune from this. It seems like the right seems to hold a monopoly on who is American and who isn't. It's okay to wish another 9/11 to "unite the country" according to these kooks.
To Sister Debbie, do not give up by any means, and to anyone reading this blog entry, spread the word to fight the misconceptions and the slander that these bigots are spreading to further their agenda.
By all means do not let this go unnoticed. An accomplished member of society is being tarnished for lies being concocted by the lowest of the scum.
H/T: Tariq Nelson and Umar Lee