Tea Party Adds Anti-Islamic To List Of Characteristics
Though this does not surprise me in any way, it still saddens me. It surprises me a bit that after everything else that the tea baggers have done and said I would feel anything but resigned to the knowledge that this group is based only on the lowest common denominators. Simply put, there is not a great deal of overly educated people in the Tea Party. This political season has made that very clear to all.
And yet the anti-Islamic character of the teabaggers is disturbing. The vile nature of so much rhetoric in the nation about Islam should make us all feel uncomfortable. After all, so much of it is predicated on false and misleading ‘facts’ about the faith that the majority of the world believes in. Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism in the numbers of believers. Once again the Tea Party is on the wrong side of history.
Tentative links are developing between supporters of the Tea Party movement in the United States and right-wing fringe groups in Britain that are opposed to what they call the “Islamification” of Europe.
The movements are not formally aligned, but the relatively new English Defense League – which warns that Islamic fundamentalism will soon engulf Britain – is seeking guidance and inspiration from some U.S. figures taking a similar stance.
The British activists are less drawn to the anti-tax, anti-big-government Tea Party message and more attracted to elements taking an active stance against the spread of Islam, like Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a long-shot Republican candidate for the California state legislature who plans to visit England next week in a trip sponsored in part by the English Defense League.
The trip was organized by Roberta Moore, an English Defense League activist who has formed a “Jewish division” of the group. She said the rabbi will speak at an Oct. 24 rally in London.
“He plans to speak about the dangers of Islamification both in this country and in America,” Moore told The Associated Press. “He will talk about the issues we have with immigration and the danger of Sharia law coming to the UK. We have the same objectives as the groups in the USA, and we want to exchange information and work with them.”