Muhammed Ali Hasan, lifelong Republican and founder of Muslims for Bush has had it. He is leaving the Republican Party. He sees the Tea Party as a corruption of what the GOP should stand for.
In an interview with ThinkProgress, Hasan said that “there’s obviously some bigotry in the Republican party,” but he does not believe that its leaders are bigoted. They instead see electoral opportunity in “the bigoted part of America,” Hasan said. For example, on the manufactured hysteria surrounding the non-existent threat of Sharia Law, Hasan said conservative politicians realize there are few Muslim Americans, so they say to themselves, “it doesn’t matter whether I win [Muslim] votes, but I’m going win the votes of the bigots.”
This recalls the George Wallace question. Is a bigot who truly believes in what he says a better or worse person than the one who knows it’s a lie, but uses bigotry for political gain? Stupidity vs cynicism. Not much of a choice.
It’s worth reading the whole post. There’s such a background noise of anti-Islamism in our political speech, it’s useful to learn how inflammatory speech is perceived by our fellow Americans who happen to be Muslim.