Today I watched a livestream of events in Wisconsin where the Sikh Temple was attacked by a domestic terrorist. I began watching as soon as I found out it had happened and watched the local station give info and interview witnesses. The Temple was attacked during worship services by either four terrorists or one1 leaving six innocent people dead as well as a gunman. Accounts during the livestream came from people who either escaped or who were on cellphone communication with people inside2.
Michelle Bachmann, who is on the Intelligence Committee for ironic fun, has been on an anti-Muslim crusade lately. And, of course, her supporters are amplifying her ignorant spewing. It’s on rightwing blogs, in their news and on their radio. The people who hated muslims before are really, really hate them now3. They think that the Muslim Brotherhood, with Obama at the helm, are about to take over America. They’re planning to destroy us all and create an Islamic theocracy here, so they believe. This is making them even more afraid and hateful. They’re willing to take up arms to protect themselves. These same sorts of people do not know, or even care, that Sikhs are not Muslim. They care that they look similar. Just as they did after 9/11, they see an enemy. It’s in their little minds that there is no difference between the religions or the cultures. They want a war and they’ll take it any way they can get it.
So, some of the most hateful loudmouths on the right don’t seem to understand why some liberals blame their hate-mongering on what’s happened today in Wisconsin. One in particular notes that liberals don’t know the difference between Muslims and Sikhs (as if it would have been ok had this happened at a mosque). She laughs and gets her followers riled up, while willfully4 twisting the truth to add fuel to an already blazing fire of hate and fear.
Here’s a clue: We do know the difference. The problem is the people who soak up the rhetoric of the hate-mongers, like those who listen to Michelle Bachmann’s Mccarthy-like vendetta against the “Muslim Brotherhood”, do not know the difference. They see that Sikhs are have dark skin and the men wear turbans. To the people who wallow in hate, fear and ignorance that means they are terrorists. They don’t know the difference and, likely, the group that did this doesn’t either.
Since her followers don’t know the difference between one group of brown people and the next, yes, some of the blame can be blamed on Bachmann and those of her that fuel these hate-filled people. Here’s a history of how Sikhs in the U.S. have been treated since 9/11. Maybe these loudmouths who don’t understand that we do know the difference will get a hint, though I seriously doubt they want to admit anything that will put the spotlight on their insanity. They thrive on getting their followers angry. They like them that way and if they have to distort the truth to get them there? That’s just butter on the bread for them. They know that we know the difference and they know why some liberals are blaming Bachmann’s hateful vendetta for creating such an atmosphere in which someone picks up weapons and opens-fire on a place of worship. It’s not the loudmouths that are stupid.
Plenty of people like Dana Loesch, Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Bachmann make money exploiting hate and fear in people. They love the adoration that they inspire in these ignorant sheep but mostly love the money they make off of them. We know this. We also know that the people they inspire are, on average, incredibly ignorant and love to hate. So, yes, the rhetoric may have inspired today’s tragedy. If that makes them uncomfortable then maybe, just maybe, they should shut the fuck up. 5
- The witnesses during the livestream said there were 4. The first one shot at a first responder and then was “taken down” by that same officer. Yet after that occurred there was still a hostage situation for hours. [↩]
- IF there was only one, then why were there hostages after he was dead? [↩]
- This is an effort on her part, in my opinion, to once again plant the seed of “Obama = Muslim” in the heads of idiots who lap up her nonsense. [↩]
- I say willfully because she’s not stupid. [↩]
- This was originally a Google plus post. I’ve expanded on that a bit and brought it here. [↩]