I found this quote particularly intereting, especially the middle paragraph:
In Murfreesboro, Tenn., Republican candidates have denounced plans for a large Muslim center proposed near a subdivision, and hundreds of protesters have turned out for a march and a county meeting.
In late June, in Temecula, Calif., members of a local Tea Party group took dogs and picket signs to Friday prayers at a mosque that is seeking to build a new worship center on a vacant lot nearby.
In Sheboygan, Wis., a few Christian ministers led a noisy fight against a Muslim group that sought permission to open a mosque in a former health food store bought by a Muslim doctor.
I find it really frightening that those who are the loudest bigots are also the most fervent flag-wavers.
For me, having grown up in suburban Detroit, Islam was just another religion. A good quarter of my high school class was Muslim and a third were Mid-Eastern (some of them were Chaldeans, who are Catholic). There were synagogues, churches, and mosques. OK, the Jews and Muslims might not have been the best of friends, but we coexisted. It was peaceful. There weren't huge religious demonstrations. There was respect and a general ethos of "if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all."
This, to me, brings up images of Germany in the '30's. I wonder if there will be a kristallnacht.
And I wonder why the Tea Party, a group that keeps on claiming to not be prejudiced, is getting mixed up in this. I get why the GOP is, that's obvious. But I thought the Tea Party was about the Constitution and all that stuff.