Donald Trump is ready to bring Islamophobia into the White House

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President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as “chief strategist” has sparked a backlash, with critics accusing Trump of elevating an anti-Semite into the halls of power.

What’s received less attention is that Bannon, as executive chairman of Breitbart News, has also broadcast the views of some of America’s leading Islamophobes, including Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Frank Gaffney.

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia–alongside a healthy dose of right-wing Zionism–go hand in hand among adherents of the Internet-savvy white nationalist movement that has supported Trump’s rise to power. The choice to bring Bannon into the Oval Office, potentially alongside other anti-Muslim ideologues that have clustered around Trump, portends a dark future for the Muslim American community.

Two days after Donald Trump said the United States had “absolutely no choice” but to close down mosques, candidate Trump appeared on Bannon’s radio show. Bannon asked him about those remarks, and said that what Trump really meant was that New York police needed informants within mosques. Trump replied: “That’s right.” That’s cold comfort for Muslim Americans, who, since September 11, have been targeted by both the FBI and the New York Police Department in their places of worship.

Bannon himself has pushed anti-Muslim sentiment. As Mother Jones reported, he described Islam as a “political ideology” rather than a religion, and likened Sharia law to “Nazism, fascism, and communism.”

When Bannon was actively running Breitbart–he took a leave of absence in August to work on the Trump campaign–anti-Muslim sentiment was a prominent theme on the website.

Pamela Geller, the blogger made famous by her opposition to the Park 51 Islamic center in Manhattan, is a frequent contributor to Breitbart. Her columns on the website include calls for investigations into “foreign funding” of mosques, surveillance of mosques and citizenship loyalty tests for Muslims, who she says should prove they do not support sharia law; screeds on how “Muslim migrants” devastated an Idaho community, and how Muslims brought cockroaches and trashed apartment buildings; and denunciations of the hijab.

Other anti-Muslim articles on Breitbart include criticism of “Muslim rape culture” and why “mass Muslim immigration” has to “stop.”

Bannon is far from the only anti-Muslim ideologue that Trump has elevated. Some of his closest advisers, and potential cabinet picks, frequently indulge in Islamophobia.

Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has advised Trump throughout the campaign. Since leaving his intelligence post, Flynn, thought to be a potential national security adviser in a Trump White House, has said he’s “been at war with Islam, or a component of Islam, for the last decade.”

When Trump called for a shutdown on Muslim immigration to the U.S., he cited the work of the Center for Security Policy, run by anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney. Gaffney has long pushed the conspiracy theory that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government, questioned whether President Obama is a citizen, and rails against sharia law’s threat to the U.S. (On Tuesday, it was reported that Gaffney joined Trump’s transition team, though Gaffney and the Trump campaign have denied the report.)

Another Trump adviser, Walid Phares, is tied to a religious militia that committed massacres during the Lebanese Civil War, and has reinvented himself as a national security expert who also rails against sharia law.

Trump’s potential cabinet picks are also known for professing anti-Muslim beliefs. Rudy Giuliani, widely thought to be a favorite for Secretary of State, said he put police officers in mosques when he was mayor of New York. He has mused about putting electronic monitoring tags on people on the terrorist watch list, the majority of whom are Muslim and have committed no crime, and called the proposed Park 51 Islamic center a “desecration.”

Kris Kobach, reportedly under consideration for the attorney general post and currently a member of the Trump transition team, served in the Justice Department under the Bush administration. Kobach told Reuters this week that Trump’s immigration policy group might call for the implementation of a once-active but now discarded program called the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, which requires the interrogation and fingerprinting of travelers from 25 countries. 24 of those countries were majority-Muslim, and the 25th was North Korea.

A Trump administration could go far beyond just implementing the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. His attorney general could ramp up the use of informants in mosques, though that’s already a problem for Muslim communities. The attorney general could also step back from challenging local decisions to stop the construction of mosques, which the Obama Justice Department has taken a lead role in. Trump could sign a pending Senate bill that would label the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organization”–a move that could lead to the scrutiny, and potential shutdown, of Muslim civil rights groups that anti-Muslim activists claim are “fronts” for the Islamist group. And Trump could ban immigration from Muslim-majority nations.

The appointment of Bannon has been denounced by Muslim groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations. But if Trump’s choice of advisers is any indication, groups like CAIR, and the larger Muslim-American community, are going to have a lot more problems than Steve Bannon.

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  1. Kay24
    November 17, 2016, 10:20 am

    Trump is making America whiter, and because of his anti Muslim/Hispanic/immigration policies, a divided nation. Those who mean harm to us, must love this scenario.

    He seems to be finding it hard to get his house in order.

    “Donald Trump Is Finding It Hard To Field A Foreign Policy Team Without A Foreign Policy
    The president-elect is shuffling through names, seemingly with no ideological aim. His fellow Republicans are confused, too.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-foreign-policy_us_582d1c98e4b030997bbd8d49

  2. Blownaway
    November 17, 2016, 1:05 pm

    Elevator watch at Trump Tower is a who’s who of Israel first not America first. I think the Trump election is great, like an alcoholic, the empire has to crash before it can rise again. The sheep le will find out quickly that only Israel benefited

  3. Stogumber
    November 17, 2016, 1:07 pm

    There is no essential difference between “critique of/opposition against Islam” and “Anti-Muslimism” resp. “Islamophobia”. Of course we can construct a scale between extreme affirmation and extreme negation; we can say that extremes (in the pro and in the contra direction) tend to become unreasonable, and we can say that the right degree is not automatically in the mathematical middle of the scale.

    But the right degree of critique/opposition can only be found out by a debate in which everyone – including Ms. Geller or Mr. Spencer – has her/his say. And as a journalist with Breitbart it was Mr. Bannon’s task to give them an opportunity to deliver their observations and arguments.

  4. Henry Norr
    November 17, 2016, 1:29 pm

    Many thanks to Alex Kane for making this important point – I was going to try to write about it myself, but haven’t had time. The media – even including Pacifica, I’m sorry to say – initially followed the ADL et al. in making anti-semitism the focus of the controversy around Bannon. As far as I can tell, however, Breitbart’s anti-semitism is mainly a matter of a handful of casual comments, like one Jew (David Horowitz) calling another (Bill Kristol) a “renegade Jew,” whereas the site’s Islamophobia is a major, sustained editorial campaign, clearly the result of an editorial policy decision. See “Trump’s new anti-Muslim chief strategist in 14 Breitbart headlines,” a very useful compilation of links to anti-Islamic articles on Breitbart at

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/19-crazy-breitbart-headlines-reveal-thinking-behind-trump-s-new-chief-strategist-493417516

    To document the media’s obseesion with anti-semitism and neglect of Islamophobia, I did a little research a couple of days ago on Google News. (By now the numbers have certainly changed.) Searching for “Bannon Breitbart Trump strategist antisemitic” produced about 32,100 hits, while a search for “Bannon Breitbart Trump strategist Islamophobic” yielded about 2,600 hits – less than 10 percent as many. Nice job, ADL!

    James North’s otherwise very good article about Bannon here the other day missed this whole angle, but it’s great that you’ve filled out the picture, Alex.

    Now someone needs to do the same with Breitbart’s misogyny – that’s gotten some mention in the media coverage of the Bannon appointment but hardly what it deserves.

  5. marc b.
    November 17, 2016, 5:29 pm

    Bannon asked him about those remarks, and said that what Trump really meant was that New York police needed informants within mosques. Trump replied: “That’s right.” That’s cold comfort for Muslim Americans, who, since September 11, have been targeted by both the FBI and the New York Police Department in their places of worship.

    wha? i didn’t vote for the guy, but what am i missing? trump’s continuing support of practices in place since shortly after 9/11 is proof of . . . ? blownaway hits the nail on the head: trump is yeltsin of a sorts without the gin blossoms or party experience, another revolution around the toilet bowl for america till enough citizens get a lung full of water and start thrashing. the libdem hysteria over this ‘watershed’, ‘historical’ election is embarrassing. it feels like an ahistorical moment, if there is such a thing.

  6. ritzl
    November 17, 2016, 6:09 pm

    Is it wrong to say that I don’t care more than a little bit how Islamophobic or antisemitic Trump’s advisors are if he ultimately stops killing Arabs by the millions, destroying whole countries, and creating tens of millions of desperate refugees/IDPs?

    • RoHa
      November 17, 2016, 8:15 pm

      Oh yes. Very wrong indeed. You have to say the right words and demonstrate the right attitudes.

      What you actually do is much less important.

      • echinococcus
        November 18, 2016, 12:13 am

        That is as it must be, as in the tale of Ali Baba. Use the right word and all the honors and riches of this world will be bestowed upon you. Including Goldman-Sachs fees and the Nobel Prize.

        Perhaps there is also a “Sesame” element in the word “Islamophobia”, too. It manages to make disappear the pure racism it is, directed against all peoples from a huge area, no matter their personal languages, nationality, culture, etc., more importantly no matter their religion that can be a lot of different things.

        Sounds like a pure matter of opposition to a given religion. Isn’t that nice?

  7. Sibiriak
    November 17, 2016, 7:04 pm

    Bannon has called for a Judeo-Christian capitalist revival.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/this-is-how-steve-bannon-sees-the-entire-world?utm_term=.nwa74nBZ0#.mf76XEevq

    And in that construct, Islam is the most extreme Other.

    This explains:

    1) Why antisemitism charges are off the mark.

    2) The ideological context for a pseudo-populist critique of neoliberal capitalism.

    3) Overtures to Russia — limited to a role as an ally against “radical Islam.”

    • Sibiriak
      November 17, 2016, 7:22 pm

      Bannon on Judeo-Christian Capitalism and its alternatives:

      I’m a very practical, pragmatic capitalist. I was trained at Goldman Sachs, I went to Harvard Business School, I was as hard-nosed a capitalist as you get. I specialized in media, in investing in media companies, and it’s a very, very tough environment. And you’ve had a fairly good track record. So I don’t want this to kinda sound namby-pamby, “Let’s all hold hands and sing ‘Kumbaya’ around capitalism.”

      But there’s a strand of capitalism today — two strands of it, that are very disturbing.

      One is state-sponsored capitalism. And that’s the capitalism you see in China and Russia. I believe it’s what Holy Father [Pope Francis] has seen for most of his life in places like Argentina, where you have this kind of crony capitalism of people that are involved with these military powers-that-be in the government, and it forms a brutal form of capitalism that is really about creating wealth and creating value for a very small subset of people. And it doesn’t spread the tremendous value creation throughout broader distribution patterns that were seen really in the 20th century.

      The second form of capitalism that I feel is almost as disturbing, is what I call the Ayn Rand or the Objectivist School of libertarian capitalism. And, look, I’m a big believer in a lot of libertarianism. I have many many friends that’s a very big part of the conservative movement — whether it’s the UKIP movement in England, it’s many of the underpinnings of the populist movement in Europe, and particularly in the United States.

      However, that form of capitalism is quite different when you really look at it to what I call the “enlightened capitalism” of the Judeo-Christian West. It is a capitalism that really looks to make people commodities, and to objectify people, and to use them almost — as many of the precepts of Marx — and that is a form of capitalism, particularly to a younger generation [that] they’re really finding quite attractive. And if they don’t see another alternative, it’s going to be an alternative that they gravitate to under this kind of rubric of “personal freedom.”

      ——————-

      Bannon on the Islam vs Judeo-Christian civilization

      The other tendency is an immense secularization of the West. And I know we’ve talked about secularization for a long time, but if you look at younger people, especially millennials under 30, the overwhelming drive of popular culture is to absolutely secularize this rising iteration.

      Now that call converges with something we have to face, and it’s a very unpleasant topic, but we are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism. And this war is, I think, metastasizing far quicker than governments can handle it.

      If you look at what’s happening in ISIS, which is the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, that is now currently forming the caliphate that is having a military drive on Baghdad, if you look at the sophistication of which they’ve taken the tools of capitalism. If you look at what they’ve done with Twitter and Facebook and modern ways to fundraise, and to use crowdsourcing to fund, besides all the access to weapons, over the last couple days they have had a radical program of taking kids and trying to turn them into bombers. They have driven 50,000 Christians out of a town near the Kurdish border. We have video that we’re putting up later today on Breitbart where they’ve took 50 hostages and thrown them off a cliff in Iraq.

      That war is expanding and it’s metastasizing to sub-Saharan Africa. We have Boko Haram and other groups that will eventually partner with ISIS in this global war, and it is, unfortunately, something that we’re going to have to face, and we’re going to have to face very quickly.

      So I think the discussion of, should we put a cap on wealth creation and distribution? It’s something that should be at the heart of every Christian that is a capitalist — “What is the purpose of whatever I’m doing with this wealth? What is the purpose of what I’m doing with the ability that God has given us, that divine providence has given us to actually be a creator of jobs and a creator of wealth?”

      I think it really behooves all of us to really take a hard look and make sure that we are reinvesting that back into positive thingsBut also to make sure that we understand that we’re at the very beginning stages of a global conflict, and if we do not bind together as partners with others in other countries that this conflict is only going to metastasize.

      They have a Twitter account up today, ISIS does, about turning the United States into a “river of blood” if it comes in and tries to defend the city of Baghdad. And trust me, that is going to come to Europe. That is going to come to Central Europe, it’s going to come to Western Europe, it’s going to come to the United Kingdom. And so I think we are in a crisis of the underpinnings of capitalism, and on top of that we’re now, I believe, at the beginning stages of a global war against Islamic fascism.

      ————————-

      Bannon on Russia

      When Vladimir Putin, when you really look at some of the underpinnings of some of his beliefs today, a lot of those come from what I call Eurasianism; he’s got an adviser who harkens back to Julius Evola and different writers of the early 20th century who are really the supporters of what’s called the traditionalist movement, which really eventually metastasized into Italian fascism. A lot of people that are traditionalists are attracted to that.

      One of the reasons is that they believe that at least Putin is standing up for traditional institutions, and he’s trying to do it in a form of nationalism — and I think that people, particularly in certain countries, want to see the sovereignty for their country, they want to see nationalism for their country. They don’t believe in this kind of pan-European Union or they don’t believe in the centralized government in the United States. They’d rather see more of a states-based entity that the founders originally set up where freedoms were controlled at the local level.

      I’m not justifying Vladimir Putin and the kleptocracy that he represents, because he eventually is the state capitalist of kleptocracy.

      However, we the Judeo-Christian West really have to look at what he’s talking about as far as traditionalism goes — particularly the sense of where it supports the underpinnings of nationalism — and I happen to think that the individual sovereignty of a country is a good thing and a strong thing.

      I think strong countries and strong nationalist movements in countries make strong neighbors, and that is really the building blocks that built Western Europe and the United States, and I think it’s what can see us forward.

      You know, Putin’s been quite an interesting character. He’s also very, very, very intelligent. I can see this in the United States where he’s playing very strongly to social conservatives about his message about more traditional values, so I think it’s something that we have to be very much on guard of.

      Because at the end of the day, I think that Putin and his cronies are really a kleptocracy, that are really an imperialist power that want to expand.

      However, I really believe that in this current environment, where you’re facing a potential new caliphate that is very aggressive that is really a situation — I’m not saying we can put it on a back burner — but I think we have to deal with first things first.

    • Maghlawatan
      November 17, 2016, 7:34 pm

      Bannon is complex. He is like Shiva the destroyer. He hates liberals. He hates PC. He thinks women should be at home and have babies. As part of his crusade he wants to destroy the liberal agenda. That means taking down ethnic minorities, LGBT, religious minorities and women.

      Some of the stuff his people sent Jewish journos during the election campaign was vile.
      This is big picture politics. It’s population blocs. It’s Manichean. It’s like a contininuation of WW2 after Ilya Ehrenburg rolled into Berlin with the Red Army.
      WW2 was about 2 different economic views of the world. The Nazis wanted to do Something different and declared Jews and Bolsheviks as the enemy. The liberals and Bolsheviks won. Germany became liberal.

      Bannon’s crusade is incoherent. Taking down Liberal America means taking down the economic capacity that keeps Israeli nihilism going. Because Israel is a satrapy. It was never independent.

      Bannon likes Netanyahu because they are both Cossacks. But Netanyyahu’s world is funded by Mensches. And Bannon hates Mensches . Because Mensches are Liberal. And it is Manichean. In his head. So he is a Nazi.

      • Sibiriak
        November 17, 2016, 10:01 pm

        Maghlawatan: Bannon is complex.

        No he isn’t.

        It’s Manichean.

        I.e. Simplistic, binary, false. Not complex.

        WW2 was about 2 different economic views of the world.

        Speaking of simplistic.

  8. Maghlawatan
    November 17, 2016, 7:15 pm

    Something amazing is happening in the ADL

    Jonathan Greenblatt has promised to register as a Muslim if Trump starts a register
    https://twitter.com/samsteinhp/status/799388139181789185

    I think Trump is going to change how the ADL sees the Palestinian situation.

  9. kalithea
    November 18, 2016, 12:29 am

    Sorry, before I comment on the topic at hand, I want to briefly address an important point arising from Livni’s comment on settler outposts being the welcome (mat?) for a bi-national state. I wish this topic/discussion weren’t buried at the end of the wonderful I/P updates Kate provides.

    Someone should tell Livni it’s already one state. She’s at least a decade or more late. Luckily, Israel doesn’t have a constitution so I’m hoping one day we can refer to the Federation of Israel and Palestine, just like we have the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina comprised of two separate religious and cultural ethnicities as we have in Israel and Palestine.

    The notion of one-state I/P should go viral so Trump doesn’t try to revive a trumped-up defunct corpse once known as two-state . Now I know both sides fear the future one-state, but both sides need to stop mourning a corpse that’s already ashes to dust that Israel killed with 600,000 settlers, and start celebrating the birth of a one-state. So can we start referencing Israel as the One State, when someone says two-state, we say, one state. We need to start kicking around the idea of one state for two peoples. Unless we start recognizing, trending it this way, people will continue to hang on to illusion instead of reality.

    Israel and Palestine are ONE STATE already where regrettably Israelis are inflicting Apartheid on Palestinians.

    I like the way Reza Aslan discussed it in 2013 criticizing Obama for his spinelessness in allowing Israelis to humiliate him and Biden.:

    His last sentence: We might as well start getting used to it.

    One state is here…get used to it, already!

  10. kalithea
    November 18, 2016, 4:04 am

    Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has advised Trump throughout the campaign. Since leaving his intelligence post, Flynn, thought to be a potential national security adviser in a Trump White House, has said he’s “been at war with Islam, or a component of Islam, for the last decade.”

    Update: http://www.wsj.com/articles/michael-flynn-offered-role-as-donald-trumps-national-security-adviser-1479442042

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/17/politics/trump-offers-flynn-job-of-national-security-adviser/

    It’s official, Trump has given him the position and the only question is, will he accept and everything indicates he will because the man is obsessed with Islam and now he’s going to be given almost free rein to poison minds with fear and loathing and persecute Muslims everywhere and especially in the U.S.

    Here’s what I don’t like about Flynn. He’s got an obsession with Islam and he’s got tunnel vision when it comes to Iran. He’s a wild card; unpredictable. He scares me because there’s too much anger there. Also, this is a man who I suspect wants to get close to Russia to manipulate Putin into looking the other way on invading Iran. He wants to look into Putin’s soul and pull out an Islamophobe like himself. If only Putin wouldn’t see this as a chess move for American hegemony; thankfully, it might be harder than he thinks to gain Putin’s trust. This man is driven by Islamophobia; everything revolves around this obsession. Hitler had an obsession too, and it ended up with the slaughter of millions of Jews and a world war that took the lives of millions more in this world.

    So where is Flynn going to take his obsession? How many millions more Muslim lives will his obsession claim? He joining forces with Trump, and Netanyahu egging them on; will we be faced with war with Iran and a world war? Flynn wants to fight Islam on different fronts like a Crusader. IMO, he’s conflating the War on Terror with war with Iran. Anyway, he comes off as somewhat of a mad-man and a loose cannon.

    Next, I really, really don’t like it when I see Bannon and anti-Semitism in the same sentence, because it’s factually incorrect and it plays into the Zionist agenda. Bannon is a supremacist, yes, but the irony is that he has gravitated to Zionism like a moth to a light. This is because, Zionism, is a supremacist ideology, and he’s fascinated with the immense power that Zionism wields as he wishes he could do the same thing in America and get away with it like Zionists are doing in Israel, the Palestinian Territories and with their neighbors in the region, inflicting indiscriminate oppression and aggression to suppress what he considers to be intellectually inferior minorities, Blacks, Latinos and Muslims who also tend to support a system of government that he detests. Okay, these are my observations, and I’m thinking that this guy is all about conservative and white purity and white power, but again, what makes him gravitate to Jews who support Zionism is that Zionists have raised supremacy almost to an art form in that they have so much control in protecting Zionism and herding Jews through fear to this ideology, and he no doubt relates to that kind of power and control and Zionism reflects his own vision of what America should look like. Again like Flynn there’s a kind of obsession there, a kind of fear of being out-numbered one day by the “inferior” ethnicities and therefore those ethnicities must be controlled somehow. And the fact is that I’m sure he’s encouraged to see a rise in nationalism in some countries of Europe, because the thing about supremacists is that legitimacy is extremely important to achieving their purity plan, just as Zionists also make a big deal of legitimacy, so they can carry out their racism, ethnic cleansing and suppression with impunity. If there is anti-Semitism in Bannon it’s that in embracing Zionism he’s embracing an anti-Semitic ideology that morally corrupts Jews generating resentment and hostility.

    The truth as history proves is that supremacists are delusional. You can’t have legitimacy in today’s world if you’re suppressing and oppressing others. We would have to regress so much as a civilization to tolerate such a thing, but these supremacists actually think they can pull it off and we must oppose them every step of the way. I think supremacists believe they’re the saviors of civilization like may of us believe that the greatest threat to our planet is climate change. If they could they’d all get together and hold a summit; they feel that threatened. However we can do something about climate change; but they can’t control expanding demographics in America, Israel or the rest of the world; it’s crazy.

    Trump is attracted to supremacism like he’s attracted to beautiful women; he can’t help himself. That’s why he ridicules what he sees as inferior, imperfect women, a disabled man and even a judge who’s happens to be Latino, a minority he wants to . The imperfect minorities that he fears are changing America and making it less great. Look at his family: they always present the portrait of perfection and power.

    He sees Blacks through the same lens he sees Latinos, bringing crime and drugs. Sure there are a few black, latino and muslim supporters but these to him provide the façade he needs for legitimizing what he really stands for. It’s all about power, caste, but not so much em…power.

    All these guys want to bring about a racial, ethnic caste system. They just can’t justify it…yet, but they’re trying to pave the way. And they want to order the world that way as well. And it all comes about through suppression, oppression and if necessary, asin the Middle East, neutralizing with military force, kind of like Neocons have been doing, like what Zionists have been doing for decades; like Zionist Robert Kagan’s scary treatise The Benevolent Empire praising American hubris and imperial hegemony.

    Whites, Christian whites need to say no to white power; and Jews need to say no to Zionist power. Not in my name you don’t. What’s encouraging to see is that groups mobilizing for the rights of minorities such as Black Lives Matter, are voicing not only their cause but the Palestinian cause, their Latino neighbors’ , and other rights and they’re joining together marching against the rise of nationalism, supremacy, corruption in government and finance and wars on behalf of imperial hegemony because all these are inter-related.

    People are recognizing all this for what it is, abuse of power of the privileged few over the many, through racism, hate, corruption, oppression and suppression and they’re protesting the deception and crimes that sustain this abuse. We must join them.

    • kalithea
      November 18, 2016, 10:26 am

      That’s why he ridicules what he sees as inferior, imperfect women, a disabled man and even a judge who’s happens to be Latino, an expanding minority he wants to suppress with mass deportation.

  11. Marlene P. Newesri
    November 18, 2016, 9:59 am

    It is rather easy to bring Islamophobia into the White House as Islamophobia has been prevalent in this country since 9/11, way before Trump was even involved in politics. It has been festering ever since. When did America wake up? Is it now only because “anti-semitism” is being integrated into the equation, or should I ask such a foolish question? Racism and hatred only becomes an issue when it suddenly might be roosting in one’s backyard. Otherwise, complete indifference.

    Islamophobia/hatred of Muslims has worked well for Israel and all those who have supported Israel in this country. It has taken the focus to an entirely different level which has absolutely nothing to do with Israel’s brutal oppression, and its own hatreds and racism which is embedded into its roots by use of laws and policies, much of which the so-called “civilized” world readily accepts.

  12. Misterioso
    November 18, 2016, 10:35 am

    In 20-25 years there will be about 3 billion Muslims worldwide. There will also be over 600 million Arabs, including 10-12 million Palestinians between the River and the Sea as well as about 150 million Iranians and 150 million Turks. Can there be any doubt as to where America and the western world’s long term economic and geopolitical interests lie? Certainly not with Israel.

    • Kay24
      November 18, 2016, 11:21 am

      Those who have deliberately promoted Islamaphobia, spent millions promoting the Gellers and Gaffney’s ugly attacks on the religion for years, fear that the Muslims will outnumber other religions eventually. I guess lying and supporting Bush/Cheney’s war on Muslim nations was their way of decimating Arab nations, and killing off hundreds of thousands of Muslims is part of of the plan. They use the backlash of these attacks to further promote their campaign of hatred and demonization. It has become a vicious cycle.

    • kalithea
      November 18, 2016, 12:39 pm

      So then why is the U.S. involved with Israel in a genocide of Muslims? If you group together the number of victims of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen; there are probably close to two million Muslims killed on behalf of regime change (Netanyahu’s Clean Break) and millions displaced. And now Trump is loading his cabinet with Muslim-haters. This is a policy of the power-driven minority, Zionists together with U.S. military force trying to suppress and neutralize this expanding majority.

      • Misterioso
        November 18, 2016, 3:36 pm

        Zionism is racism. Zionism is theft. Zionism is fascism.

        Zionism is doomed.

        Israel is an historical anachronism and an increasingly heavy millstone around America’s neck.

        As history attests, sooner or later, all countries act in their own best interests and abandon useless, costly, parasitic foreign “allies” or colonies. America will not be an exception.

        In short, when it comes to Israel, America’s leaders will inevitably have to heed the sage advice of their country’s founding father. In his Farewell Address, George Washington admonished his fellow citizens to steer clear of a “passionate attachment” to another nation, as it could create “the illusion of a common interest…where no common interest exists.”

      • echinococcus
        November 18, 2016, 4:34 pm

        It might be a good idea not to use the same terms as the official propaganda. This is not at all about a religion but regional origin, racism directed at all persons with an origin in, as you said, “Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen” and a lot more.
        People whose only fault is to be from, and mainly living in, places which we or the Zionist entity covet or want utterly destroyed.

        Nobody did prostrate himself in prayer next to each person of these many millions, many of whom happen to be Christian, Yezidi, Zoroastrian, etc. with a lot of total atheists.
        Islamophobia in itself is perfectly kosher, especially if accompanied by hostility to all superstition.

        This here is pure racism, not “Islamophobia”. Every time we use the term imposed by warmonger propaganda we perpetuate it.

  13. michelle
    November 18, 2016, 2:32 pm

    .
    wouldn’t it be nice if Trump ….
    were a cut above the standard POTUS
    excelled at leadership via peace equality justice
    showed every and all how leadership should be done
    .
    it’s his for the taking
    he could do something that has never been done/attempted before
    all he has to do is treat every & all with true fairness and respect
    .
    one hopes he has plans to appoint a Moslem to his ‘inner circle’
    how can he hope to decide what is best for every & all in any issue
    that includes people who consider themselves Moslem without the
    first hand/trusted advice/opinion of a person and/or people who are
    Moslem
    .
    as always wanting what’s best for every & all
    .
    G-d Bless
    .
    .

    • Mooser
      November 18, 2016, 3:49 pm

      “wouldn’t it be nice if Trump ….”

      It would be wonderful.
      And Mr. Trumps record, in every area of his life, over the last half-century, convinces me it is just about to happen.
      And if that isn’t enough, I just saw a huge porker fly by my window. His lipstick wasn’t even smeared.

    • Maghlawatan
      November 18, 2016, 4:10 pm
    • michelle
      November 18, 2016, 5:12 pm

      ,
      but he could
      it is a matter of choice
      he could choose to be the best president ever
      or he could choose be be just another smuck
      .
      seems like he would like to be the best ever
      .
      along ‘your’ line of thought
      when dems and libs make actual dem and lib choices
      .
      G-d Bless
      .

      • Mooser
        November 18, 2016, 6:11 pm

        “he could choose to be the best president ever”

        He will be the same Trump he’s always been. Or do you think his staff picks show he’s changing for the better?

  14. W.Jones
    November 18, 2016, 6:58 pm


    “There were things I loved about Trump’s campaign… I loved his approach… Sometimes you have to not get your way in order to understand how to get your way.” ~ Kanye West

    I agree. Let’s break out of a mold when it comes to thinking about politics.

    If Trump’s campaign was isolationist and promised to avoid intervention in Syria against the secular leaning Muslim population of that country, and Hillary’s campaign promised intervention, then de facto is Trump’s campaign more or less anti-Muslim than Hillary’s?

    Some people might think getting Hillary elected would be getting their way because she is categorized as liberal, but it could be that Trump turns out to have more of a pro-peace anti-war effect.

    I don’t know the future, for all I know Trump could turn out not to meet the “hope and change” his supporters hoped for.

    • Mooser
      November 19, 2016, 11:58 am

      W.Jones, you want to see the future? Here it is!.

      Incompetence, self-dealing and corruption.

      • michelle
        November 19, 2016, 4:10 pm

        .
        “Incompetence, self-dealing and corruption”
        .
        the m.o. for anyone everyone any given sunday
        even those that try their best on self reflection will find a great many missteps
        .
        gloom and doom or
        ray of hope
        this too is a choice
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

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