Hate is just so damned lucrative these days


Chris Hedges has a long post at Truthdig describing the Muslim Menace industry, a group of right-wing organizations that bill themselves as “counterterrorism specialists and experts on the Muslim world”, and make big bucks indoctrinating US law enforcement and security agencies in the evils of Islam.

The indoctrination is done through seminars paid for with public funds and “preach that Islam is a terrorist religion, that an Islamic “fifth column” or “stealth jihad” is subverting the United States from within, that mainstream American Muslims have ties to terrorist groups, that Muslims use litigation, free speech and other legal means (something the trainers have nicknamed “Lawfare”) to advance the subversive Muslim agenda and that the goal of Muslims in the United States is to replace the Constitution with Islamic or Shariah law.”

Below is a sample of modern-day witch hunter and Christian fundamentalist Walid Shoebat, whose presentation is titled “The Jihad Mindset and How to Defeat It: Why We Want to Kill You.” According to Hedges, “Shoebat, who bills himself as a reformed terrorist and who speaks to law enforcement officials around the country, tells his listeners that mainstream Muslim organizations such as the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations are terrorist fronts and that Islamists are by nature violent extremists and pedophiles.”

Here Shoebat explains to a group of extremely gullible Christians why the Mark of the Beast, usually referred to as 666, really means Muslims, who owe allegiance only to the Antichrist. The part that gets me is when he says “It’s so clear! The reverse of what you believe is what they believe. The antithesis of the Bible is what they believe in.” And Shoebat and his colleagues are spewing their racist garbage at taxpayer expense.

13 responses to “Hate is just so damned lucrative these days

  1. I see so many Muslims are monsters claims: Usually on how inherently violent Islam is. I usually let it go without comment, as I don’t think the folks are going to be persuaded by anything I say.


  2. I’ve seen this same road show making the same charges against Roman Catholicism – a fundamentalist tv evangelist, can’t think of his name, but he was a bit of a darling of the neocons.

    These people have no idea that Judism, Christianity and Islam are co-religions, the Abrahamic religions with common histories and beliefs.

    All three use the Old Testament as part of their sacred texts. Jews wrote the Old Testament and liked it and stayed with it. Chrsitians of course decided Jesus was Messiah, so they added the New Testament and moved along. Muslims decided Jesus was actually just an honored prophet but so was Mohammed and anyway they liked him best of all, so they went with him and added the Koran on top of the older texts.

    Yahweh, God, Allah. Shared books. Shared God. End of story.


    • “I’ve seen this same road show making the same charges against Roman Catholicism”

      And the US government used taxpayer dollars to pay the evangelist to “educate” law enforcement agencies at seminars all over the country about the true nature and goals of Catholicism? And as a result Catholics were the object of increased police surveillance, profiling, and mistreatment? And non-Catholics who spoke out against the treatment of Catholics were punished? Well sink me, Moe, I’ve been completely unaware of a entire period of recent US history!


      • Point taken. Not the same deal at all. What I so badly stated – and there is NO comparison – was that I’ve seen televangelists – for profit – on tv speak of the Pope as the anti-christ. Not the usual “we all love god now send me some money” shows, but the ones that pop up on obscure stations at 3 o’clock in the a.m.

        And you’re right, they’ve absolutely not been lent any credence by government sponsorship.

        But does their taking gov’t money to play mind games on government workers mean they’re socialists?


  3. Many of those involved in the sale of handguns know that your own car is a far greater threat to your life than a phantom Negro of Meskin hiding in the bushes outside your McMansion. I doubt they’ll expend much effort in informing you of the statistics, though.


  4. Most of my family are skeert of those ‘meskins’ hiding in the buses and lock everything up tight all the time and have alarms systems, and who knows what. I don’t.

    So a nephew who grew up that way stayed overnight recently, leaving his car in my driveway loaded with valuable stuff. In the morning, he found that he had somehow left the drivers door wide open and the interior light on so it was all visible like a merchanise display case to anyone going by. But everything was right where he left it.

    He was a bit surprised and was seen to be scratching his head when he left.

    In the morning,


  5. You must have a pretty scary reputation in the area Moe!


  6. Guess you heard about the Imams removed from the American Airrlines plane because it made the passengers uncomfortable just having them on the plane. They were on their way here to participate in a conference on Islamophobia.


    • Yeah marylee, I heard. It’s just ‘same old, same old’ with us isn’t it. We jump a mile because of what someone is wearing, but we’re not afriad to fight 50 years of war so we don’t have to turn down the lights.


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