His name is Dean Obeidallah and he is a Muslim comedian. His act has also been promoted by the Council on American Islamic Relations Los Angeles (CAIR-LA). CNN published an opinion piece of his during the Republican convention in which Obeidallah claimed that the GOP has a ‘Muslim problem’. He singled out Bachmann specifically and like everyone else who has a problem with the Congresswoman’s concerns about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration, Obeidallah misses the point entirely.
The Republican Party has a problem with Muslims. Of course, American Muslims can take some solace in the fact that we are not the only minority group that the Republican Party hardly welcomes.
Let’s be honest, if you don’t like Muslims, blacks, gays, immigrants or other minorities, which political party would make you feel most comfortable? Sure, some Republican officials are minorities, but a recent Galllup survey found that 89% of the Republican Party is white.
To be clear, I don’t believe that most rank-and-file members of the Republican Party hate Muslims. The problem is that certain Republican leaders have stoked the flames of hate toward American Muslims, and other minorities, as a political tool to motivate people to support their cause.
For example, recently Rep. Michele Bachmann — along with four other Republican House members — asserted that the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the U.S. government. Bachmann, who is in a tough re-election battle in her redrawn congressional district, even “named names” by claiming that Secretary Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, and Rep. Keith Ellison were connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Pssst. Dean. Do you suppose it’s possible you didn’t deconstruct Bachmann’s claims that Huma IS connected to the Muslim Brotherhood because it’s factually irrefutable? That’s our guess. We’ve been through this before so instead of repeating ourselves, the evidence is here and here.
Another claim made by Obeidallah is that Bachmann’s claims are ‘baseless’. Again, it’s a charge without substance and it implicates those who levy it as being either willfully ignorant or intentionally deceitful.
A case-in-point would be CAIR, a group Ellison has distinct connections to. Obeidallah chastises Bachmann for pointing out Ellison’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Through CAIR, these again, are irrefutable facts which is why Obeidallah doesn’t deny them; he just demagogues them. CAIR was founded by Hamas (anti-Semitic) sympathizers (Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad).
In light of that, insinuating that the Republicans are the ones who are racist is both ironic and hypocritical.