GOP Trust Airs Anti-Muslim Ad in Opposing New Manhattan Mosque

A group called the National Republican Trust Pac is airing this disturbing ad to fight the construction of a mosque near ground zero in Manhattan.

The ad refers to all Muslims as “they” and links them all to terrorism and the killing of Americans. Specifically, the ad claims that a house of worship near ground zero would be a declaration of victory by those who attacked us.

The organization’s website states that “[t]he NRT is committed to continuing the legacy of Ronald Reagan.”

It is now incumbent on Republicans to denounce this ad and the obvious anti-Muslim sentiments expressed within it. It is doubly distasteful to see some using our collective loss at 9-11 for such hateful purposes.

31 thoughts on “GOP Trust Airs Anti-Muslim Ad in Opposing New Manhattan Mosque”

  1. Gyges:To your point.

    “Like so much right-wing agitation, the campaign against the mosque in lower Manhattan — actually an interfaith community center known as the Cordoba House that will include a mosque — depends on fear and misinformation. Its political purpose is to demonize Islam and its adherents, no matter how peaceful and moderate, by pandering to prejudice and inflaming emotions left raw by the losses of 9/11”

    vlf2112:To your point.

    “Ouch!”

    Touche!!

  2. And meanwhile here’s what your government has been up to lately: “Communications Management Units (CMUs), nicknamed “Little Gitmo” by the inmates for the resemblance to the Guantanamo Bay prison, are coming under criticism for their controversial policies, constitutionality, and secrecy. Prisoners assigned to these units cover a broad interpretation of the “War on Terror,” from Muslim men thought to have extreme leanings to radical environmental and animal rights activists…

    Opened under the Bush administration, CMUs are designed to severely restrict prisoner communication for inmates. Under the proposed new rules, which are even more restrictive than those currently in place, prisoners would be limited in communication to: one three-page, double sided letter per week to one recipient; one 15-minute phone call per month to immediate family only; and a single one-hour visit per month with immediate family only which must be non-contact in nature…

    In his letter submitted for public comment, Stephen F. Downs, attorney to CMU Muslim inmate Yassin Aref, argues that prisoners are assigned to the CMU on what appears to be a completely arbitrary basis. Downs said that his client was assigned to the Terre Haute CMU and then the Marion unit, yet his co-defendant Mohammed Hossaid has not been assigned to any CMU.

    Both defendants, who were convicted in a sting by the FBI, have no reported connections with terrorists. Yassin Aref was moved to a CMU for allegedly supporting a terrorist organization called JEM.

    During the FBI sting, Aref repeatedly told the FBI informant that he did not know anything about JEM. The FBI admitted that they had no evidence of any connection between Aref and any terrorists. An FBI representative at the press conference following the conviction said, “Did he [Aref] actually himself engage in terrorist acts? Well, we didn’t have the evidence of that, but he had the ideology…Our investigation was concerned with what he was going to do here and in order to preempt any, anything else, we decided to take the steps that we did take…”

    Downs argues that if the purpose of CMUs is to prevent prisoners from communicating with terrorists outside the prison, there was no reason to assign Aref to a CMU, since he neither knew nor would have any reason to communicate with terrorists.

    Downs writes, “The preemptive program by its very nature (convicting Muslims of contrived crimes to preempt them from possibly committing real crimes in the future), is illegal, and results in many innocent Muslims being sent to jail for long periods of time… The idea of treating a religious minority in such an illegal and discriminatory manner is shocking to anyone who believes in the Bill of Rights….

    Due to the lack of oversight surrounding which prisoners are sent to the CMU and why, there has been an unimpeded pattern of Muslim and politically-minded prisoners being moved there, with as many as 60 to 70 percent of the prisoners being Muslim.”

    Another fine policy of Bush polished up by Obama. (check the ACLU and CCR for further information. This is from Warcriminalswatch.

  3. This is almost as worrying as all the posts on this site that show Muslims, Jews, and Christians at their worst through picking out the most vicious and/or stupid fundamentalist practices of the few whether a legal issue is involved or not.

    Great sport for the atheists and agnostics, but where’s the balance?

    In this case, these jerks seem to have forgotten all the many messages that poured in from Muslim people, leaders, and countries expressing sorrow for our loss and vows to help us find the planners after 9/11. Which they did.

  4. I just got an email from a rather wealthy Republican friend, with the title “A new book worth reading”, that blasts the leaders of our country and especially President Obama as shilly shallying do nothings (or worse) with excerpts from “Whatever Happened to our Leaders” by Lee Iacocca.

    The first line is “I always did like Lee”.

    The fools don’t seem to realize the book was written in 2007 and was about the Bush administration. Now how do people like these win elections? Never mind.

  5. eniobob:

    This is what the Manhattan Borough President had to say to the Wasilly Hillbilly:

    “Scott Stringer, Manhattan’s brave borough president, who like Bloomberg happens to be Jewish, challenged her directly in his own tweet: “@SarahPalinUSA NYers support the #mosque in the name of tolerance and understanding. You should learn from the example we set here in #NYC.”

    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/sarah_palin/index.html?story=/opinion/conason/2010/07/19/mosque

    Ouch!

  6. Point well taken.

    “vlf2112
    1, July 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    Funny how people who don’t live in, or even near the city, are all up in arms about this, unlike the people who do live in and around the city:”

  7. I would imagine the mayor feels the same way about this ad,as he responded to palin and her rhetoric about the mosque.

    Sarah Palin Riles Up NYC Mayor Bloomberg Over Tweet to ‘Refudiate’ Ground Zero Mosque
    Palin Getting Blasted for Stance on New York Mosque, Bad English

    By DAN HARRIS, JOEL SIEGEL and SARAH NETTER
    July 20, 2010
    Sarah Palin’s inflammatory tweets calling on New Yorkers to “refudiate” a planned mosque near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has made her both a satirical target and a thorn in the side of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Former Alaska governor tweets her opposition to the mosque, uses a nonword.The former Alaska governor took to Twitter Sunday to oppose the city’s plans for the mosque, already a source of heated debate in New York.

    After Palin tweeted “peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is unnecessary provocation; it stabs hearts,” Bloomberg shot back.

    “Sarah Palin has a right to her opinions, but I could not disagree more. “Everything the United States stands for and New York stands for is tolerance and openness.”

    Daisy Khan, a spokesperson for the community center that will include the mosque, said Palin’s stance “raises the very question of what is at the heart of all this furor and that is ignorance.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/sarah-palin-riles-nyc-mayor-michael-bloomberg-mosque/story?id=11203590

  8. Vote third party as the lady Jill says. Get rid of the democrats.

  9. Elaine,

    You’re right. I really need to “quit playing the wall”. 😀

  10. “Republicans know if most people vote, they would never win so they try to demoralize the Democratic base and suppress the vote as much as possible, they buy some people off with tax cuts and scare the rest into voting against their own interests and that’s how they win. It’s a divide and conquer strategy that has worked well and they refine and expand it every election year.

    Republican Strategy:

    Demoralize the Democratic base with phony press releases and whisper campaigns.

    Attack oponents strength with character assasination.
    Suppress the vote in every possible way.

    Buy some people off with tax cuts.

    Scare the rest into voting against their own interests.”(Todd Smyth)

    It’s the beginning of the Fall 2010 strategy … we’re going to see a lot more of this stuff in the months ahead.

  11. For some reason this thread and the one about the Georgia Agriculture figure caused me to flash back to Donald Segretti, infamous dirty trickster for Nixon’s CREEP.

    By the way … In 2000, Segretti served as co-chair of John McCain’s campaign in Orange County, California.

    Republicans love to divide the citizenry in order to win office … hell, they’ve been doing it for over 100 years.

  12. Just for clarification:

    As I understand it it’s not a mosque that’s being built, it’s a community center that has a prayer room.

  13. Mr. Wheeler is another Moonie nutcase. His world is the world of the Washington Times, Insight magazine, Worldnet Daily and similar embarrassments to journalism. He apparently believes that petitions, fund raising and appeals to religious prejudice are legitimate methods for denying to unfavored groups the benefits of the First Amendment, a constitutional provision which he believes to be available only to Christians.

  14. Nevermind – I saw thier ‘plea’ for funding where they say that networks refuse to air thier ad.

    I love how at the very bottom of thier website they quote Ronald Regan talking about this being the, ‘freest’ nation on earth… yet no doubt this group is using every political leverage they can to use government to stand in the way of those who would like to build this building on thier own private land…

  15. Did this ad actually air on TV/Cable? Or is it just an internet-commercial?

  16. Directly from their web site … first paragraph entitled “OUR MISSION”:

    “Our Mission is to take back our country from the dangerous progressives that are hell-bent on destroying the American dream and expanding government control over every aspect of our daily lives. …”

    These people are not only anti-Muslim they are also anti-any American whom they label as progressive. Click “more” to read their Mission and Strategic Objectives …

    It is imperative to find the names of all who founded (Scott Wheeler is the only name listed under Staff. He’s a teabagger … see his article “Tea Party Movement vs. Elites”) and financed this group. Their address is listed as 2100 M St. NW Suite 170-340 Washington, DC 20037-1233. Since contributions to this Pac are not tax deductible, I don’t know if donor names are public record.

  17. The Neocon GOP’s true colors: blood red, lily white and black hate.

    Jesus would be proud of you. And by proud, I mean “looking to kick you in your hateful balls”. But take heart! Just like not all Muslims are terrorists, not all Christians are assholes like yourselves.

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