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Archive for May 6th, 2011

The Muslim-Baiting Tracker.

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Salon has a wonderful guide to Muslim-baiting by many of those seeking the 2012 Presidential nomination in the US:

“A decade after 9/11, Muslim-baiting has become de rigueur for Republican politicians — especially those who aspire to the party’s 2012 presidential nomination.

Fear of Islam among the Republican Party’s base — the very voters GOP White House candidates will be wooing during the 2012 primary season — has been primed for years by the so-called anti-jihad industry. It was further inflamed by 2010’s “ground zero mosque” controversy, and the subsequent wave of anti-sharia legislation. Also lurking in the background, crucially, is the false rumor that President Obama is a Muslim — a rumor that, according to one August 2010 poll, 46 percent of Republicans believe.
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06/05/2011 at 02:36

Mike Huckabee, Offensive And Idiotic.

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Frighteningly, Mike Huckabee was a possible candidate for the Presidency in United States, but his latest bout of idiocy would seem to preclude him receiving the nomination from the Republicans, the JTA reports:

“WASHINGTON (JTA) — Mike Huckabee removed a statement from his website warning Israel and the Jews “not to insult” the friends they have.

The Anti-Defamation League on Monday had scolded the former Arkansas governor and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for inappropriate use of Holocaust imagery to decry the debt crisis.

Both politicos, likely GOP presidential candidates in 2012, were reported over the weekend to have likened what they said was the U.S. government’s failure to address the debt to doing nothing as the Nazis carried out their genocide.

Huckabee’s sleight of hand in trying to remove the offending page from his website won’t achieve much, as the page is kept within the Google cache.

I reproduce it below, for the public record:

May 03 2011

Response To Abe Foxman, Anti Defamation League

Governor Mike Huckabee said today, that the demand of ADL (Anti Defamation League) Director Abraham Foxman to apologize for his comments regarding the Holocaust were uninformed and misguided and called upon Foxman to apologize to him and retract his totally inappropriate and reckless attack issued recently.

Huckabee said, “Foxman could have done even a tiny bit of fact-checking and discovered what most people in the Israel and American Jewish community know quite well, that Israel and the Jewish people have no stronger advocate than Mike Huckabee. And to confirm that, they could start by actually listening to what I said, which is a strong affirmation of the Jewish people.”

“I have traveled to Israel numerous times since 1973, have spoken at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, met with several Prime Ministers and Presidents of Israel over the years, testified in committee hearing at the Knesset and have taken numerous groups and hundreds of visitors to Israel. I have been steadfast in my support not only of the Jewish people, but of my solemn remembrance of the horrors inflicted upon the Jews during the Holocaust and the need for all people of the world to stand with Israel for the right to their indigenous homeland with secure borders and sovereign control,” Huckabee said.

“Foxman’s remarks are not only factually wrong, but they are hurtful to me personally in light of my unequalled friendship with members of the Jewish community, and I ask Foxman to retract his statement as publicly as he issued it, and apologize for his lack of accuracy in issuing it and for the harm done by attacking the very strongest advocates for the Jewish people and Israel.

“Israel and Jewish people need to make friends, not insult the ones they have” said Huckabee. “Fortunately, Foxman doesn’t represent the vast majority of well-informed friends I have in the Jewish community,” he added.

NOTE: Reference to following story in Jersualem Post and being picked up by other media:

ADL slams US politicians

The Anti-Defamation League on Monday strongly criticized the recent use of Nazi analogies by elected US officials, saying they “have no place in political discourse.”

Comparing the US government’s inaction in the face of a mounting debt crisis by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is “highly inappropriate,” ADL Director Abraham Foxman said in a press release.

Foxman criticized the two politicians’ use of Nazi analogies, “particularly on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time dedicated to memorializing, not trivializing the six million Jews and millions of others who perished at the hands of the Nazis.”

Legitimate concerns about the US national debt do not justify “invoking these kinds of Holocaust and Nazi comparisons,” he added.

Remember his comment:

“Israel and Jewish people need to make friends, not insult the ones they have” said Huckabee.

Huckabee sounds as if he shouldn’t be left in charge of a hot dog stand, let alone any major public office.

Update 1: This is not the first time that Huckabee has gone over the top, the ADL chastened him in 2007:

“New York, NY, October 23, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to refrain from invoking Holocaust imagery, following his recent use of the term “holocaust” to refer to abortion.

The former Arkansas governor was speaking at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. when he referred to the “…holocaust of liberalized abortion…”. “

[My emphasis.]

And after that too in November 2007.